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Catalonia celebrates National Day under Covid-19 restrictions - live updates

Large gatherings to be avoided in first 'Diada' since coronavirus pandemic

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11 September 2020 09:47 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Catalonia is celebrating its National Day on Friday, September 11 — a date marking the fall of Barcelona to the Borbonic troops in the War of Spanish Succession in 1714.

For the past eight years, Catalonia’s National Day (or Diada Nacional, as it is known in Catalan) has become an annual show of force by the independence movement, with massive rallies gathering thousands or even millions of people calling for self-determination and a Catalan republic. More recently, 'Diadas' have also been marked by calls for the release of Catalan independence leaders, jailed by Spain for their role in the 2017 referendum push.

But this year is set to be nothing like previous years since the coronavirus pandemic has forced pro-independence activists to opt for de-centralized events to avoid large crowds. Institutional events will be reduced to the bare minimum, such as the traditional floral tribute to Rafael Casanova, the head councilor of Barcelona in 1714.

 

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  • Catalan authorities, with president Torra at the center, in the tribute to Rafael Casanova on Catalaonia's National Day (by Job Vermeulen)

  • Catalan president (right) on the eve of National Day celebrations (by Rubén Moreno)

  • Catalan president Quim Torra (center) visits an Installation by Òmnium Cultural representing people prosecuted for their role in the independence bid (by Guillem Rosat)

  • Drivers join a pro-independence demonstration in Sabadell on Catalonia's National Day (by Norma Vidal)

  • Catalan authorities, with president Torra at the center, in the tribute to Rafael Casanova on Catalaonia's National Day (by Job Vermeulen)
  • Catalan president (right) on the eve of National Day celebrations (by Rubén Moreno)
  • Catalan president Quim Torra (center) visits an Installation by Òmnium Cultural representing people prosecuted for their role in the independence bid (by Guillem Rosat)
  • Drivers join a pro-independence demonstration in Sabadell on Catalonia's National Day (by Norma Vidal)

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