Hundreds of thousands of people went to a rally in Barcelona in support of Catalonia’s separation from Spain in the upcoming referendum on independence.

It is estimated that 400,000 Catalans from all walks of life walked through the center of Barcelona on Monday, red, yellow and blue self-flags fluttered in a demonstration of force three weeks before the separatist referendum declared “illegal” in Madrid.

The action coincided with the national day of Catalonia, which in memory of the fall of Barcelona in Spain in 1714 and traditionally used by supporters of independence activists are calling for separation.

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