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PODCAST: Catalonia's National Day - history, symbols, independence rallies

September 11 is marked by floral tributes, anthems and flags and – in the last decade – massive marches for independence 

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11 September 2021 08:28 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Catalonia celebrates its National Day on September 11, known in Catalan as La DiadaPress play below to listen or subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts or Spotify. 

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Alan Ruiz Terol joins Lorcan Doherty to talk about the history behind the date – a military defeat in 1714 – and the symbols used to mark the day. 

Xènia Palau looks back on the last decade of massive pro-independence demonstrations that have taken place on the National Day, while Alan and Lorcan discuss the impact the rallies have had on Catalan politics. 

This week's Catalan phrase is "endavant les atxes," which is used to give encouragement when faced with difficulties. 

Listen to more episodes of Filling the Sink below or find out more here. 

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  • Pro-independence supporters fill Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal on Catalonia's National Day, September 11, 2014 (by Maria Fernández)

  • Pro-independence supporters fill Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal on Catalonia's National Day, September 11, 2014 (by Maria Fernández)

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