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110.000 Catalans Rally to Demand Early Elections

20.10.2014 14:21

About 110,000 people gathered in the center of Barcelona to call for snap regional elections after Catalonia was forced to cancel its November 9 independence referendum under pressure from Madrid.

The action, dubbed "Now is the Time," was organized by Omnium Cultural ? a Catalan cultural organization ? and the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), which campaigns for Catalonian independence.

The demonstrators flooded the city's main Catalonia Square, wearing yellow t-shirts and waving the Catalan flag while carrying banners reading "Now is the time" and "We are ready." According to the police, about 110,000 people took part in the rally, El Pais reported.