Pro-independence Catalans rally on annual holiday, despite pandemic

Thousands gathered in Spain’s Catalonia on Friday, to commemorate “La Diada,” the region’s annual holiday. Although celebrations were dampened by the coronavirus pandemic, many took to the streets in facemasks and adhering to social distancing recommendations.

Spain has recorded more than 560,000 COVID-19 infections since the onset of the pandemic, more than any other country in western Europe. As such, Catalan health authorities had advised people to not participate in gatherings on…

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