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SPAIN- BARCELONA- CATALONIA- INDIPEND...
Barcelona
By Christian Minelli
10 Oct 2017

Spain, Barcelona: Pro-independence supporters take part in a rally in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.Catalan President Puigdemont has proposed to suspend Catalonia's declaration of independence for few weeks to hold talks with Spanish government.

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Playing with Fire: Running the 'Corre...
Gerona
By Antolo
23 Oct 2014

It is night and the lights go out, the signal that announces the imminent beginning. In the courtyard, crowded with people, only silhouettes are distinguishable. The atmosphere is charged, but silence reigns. Almost everyone remains motionless except a newcomer trying to find friends in the crowd. Suddenly, a blinding light, followed by cries here, another there, and another... The fire has begun. The drums sound.

The Correfoc, or “fire run,” finds its origins in the “devil dances” of twelfth century Catalonia. The very first one took place at the wedding of Barcelona’s Count, Ramon Berenguer IV. These “devil dances” were performed by actors dressed like demons between meals during noble banquets in the Middle Ages. The dance represented the fight between good and evil.

People start running without a direction in mind. They are running away from the fire, pushing, pulling, eventually becoming attracted by that mysterious magnetism that has always existed between man and the pyrrhic element. At once, men dressed as devils carrying flares mix in the crowd. They light flares and begin to lash out at anything that moves. The sound of firecrackers and the hiss of sparks flying mix with the din of voices. Drums set the rhythm for the fire procession.

The relative security offered by the open space of the square gives way to narrow alleys where devils and spectators huddle. The bravest hug and jump at the fire porters while the majority, fearful, just keep looking for a way to stay ahead of the flames. It is a frenetic tour through the old town, down narrow streets and through open squares, where troupes of devils dance and throw flames and sparks in all directions. At the end of the route, in a larger square, a great fire festival awaits the crowd. Large flares jump skyward while intrepid jugglers delight the audience with a host of tricks, spitting fire like authentic demons until the last flame is extinguished and silence falls on Gerona.

Correfocs were once popular at different celebrations all around Catalonia. The first modern incarnation of the fire parade,however, took place in 1979 at Barcelona’s festival. This represented a comeback for the custom after many popular traditions were lost during the Franco dictatorship. Today, the Correfoc, like other traditional Catalan customs, is a way to preserve Catalonia’s cultural identity.

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BARCELONA: AGAINST INDEPENDENCE OF CA...
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Editor's Picks
13 Oct 2012

Massive demonstrations took place all weekend in Barcelona, Spain, with national sentiment taking the stage in a protest against the independence of Catalonia, followed by a noisy rally as demonstrators rode the #Globalnoise wave of rallies worldwide.

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Rally Against The Independence Of Cat...
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
12 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Six thousand people, according to sources from the city police, participated in a Columbus Day rally on Friday afternoon, October 12, at the Plaza de Catalonia in Barcelona. The platform of unity brought together Catalonians and Spaniards with the motto "We are all Catalonia."

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Rally Against The Independence Of Cat...
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
12 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Six thousand people, according to sources from the city police, participated in a Columbus Day rally on Friday afternoon, October 12, at the Plaza de Catalonia in Barcelona. The platform of unity brought together Catalonians and Spaniards with the motto "We are all Catalonia."

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Rally Against The Independence Of Cat...
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
12 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain - Six thousand people, according to sources from the city police, participated in a Columbus Day rally on Friday afternoon, October 12, at the Plaza de Catalonia in Barcelona. The platform of unity brought together Catalonians and Spaniards with the motto "We are all Catalonia."

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Rally Against The Independence Of Cat...
Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
12 Oct 2012

Barcelona, Spain. - Seis mil personas, según fuentes de la Guardia Urbana han participado en la concentración de este viernes al mediodía en la plaza de Catalunya de Barcelona con motivo del 12 de Octubre dia de la Hispanidad. La Plataforma de España y Catalanes. ha reunido a miles de personas con banderas catalanas y españolas que se sienten tambien españolas, con el lema unitario de 'Cataluña somos todos. De España y catalanes.

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"Catalonia, New State Of Europa"
Parliament of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
27 Sep 2012

Barcelona, Spain. About 400 people from the National Assembly of Catalonia (ACN), gathered at the gates of Parliament to demand the independence of Catalonia on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Parliament members inside gathered for the second day of the annual Debate on General Policy, where only 21 members objected to a referendum for an independent state, to be voted on in the next election. Behind a banner with the slogan, "Catalonia, new state of Europa," demonstrators chanted for independence and waved Catalonian flags.

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Demonstration in front of the Parliam...
Parliament of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
27 Sep 2012

Barcelona, Spain. About 400 people from the National Assembly of Catalonia (ACN), gathered at the gates of Parliament to demand the independence of Catalonia on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Parliament members inside gathered for the second day of the annual Debate on General Policy, where only 21 members objected to a referendum for an independent state, to be voted on in the next election. Behind a banner with the slogan, "Catalonia, new state of Europa," demonstrators chanted for independence and waved Catalonian flags.

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Welcome To Catalonia
Parliament of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
27 Sep 2012

Barcelona, Spain. About 400 people from the National Assembly of Catalonia (ACN), gathered at the gates of Parliament to demand the independence of Catalonia on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Parliament members inside gathered for the second day of the annual Debate on General Policy, where only 21 members objected to a referendum for an independent state, to be voted on in the next election. Behind a banner with the slogan, "Catalonia, new state of Europa," demonstrators chanted for independence and waved Catalonian flags.

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Demonstration in front of the Parliam...
Parliament of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
27 Sep 2012

Barcelona, Spain. About 400 people from the National Assembly of Catalonia (ACN), gathered at the gates of Parliament to demand the independence of Catalonia on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Parliament members inside gathered for the second day of the annual Debate on General Policy, where only 21 members objected to a referendum for an independent state, to be voted on in the next election. Behind a banner with the slogan, "Catalonia, new state of Europa," demonstrators chanted for independence and waved Catalonian flags.

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Teachers Protest in Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
26 Sep 2012

Public school teachers in Barcelona protest against austerity measures following the mobilization of public school teachers in Catalonia. Today was the first day of the two-day strike called for by teachers in Catalonia. The protest, held in front of the Palace of the Generalitat, the seat of the regional government of Catalonia, had a festive tone. They protest against layoffs of more than 3000 teachers, budget cuts in public schools, increased student-teacher ratio, rising prices and taxes and for the decrease in grants and financial assistance to families.

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Teachers' Protest in Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
26 Sep 2012

Public school teachers in Barcelona protest against austerity measures following the mobilization of public school teachers in Catalonia. Today was the first day of the two-day strike called for by teachers in Catalonia. The protest, held in front of the Palace of the Generalitat, the seat of the regional government of Catalonia, had a festive tone. They protest against layoffs of more than 3000 teachers, budget cuts in public schools, increased student-teacher ratio, rising prices and taxes and for the decrease in grants and financial assistance to families.

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Editor's Picks 12 September 2012
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
11 Sep 2012

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Cairo Tuesday, September 11, 2012, shouting anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans along with "there is no God but Allah," and scaling the US Embassy's walls to pull down the American flag. The protests come in response to an inflammatory trailer to a film called "The Innocence of Islam," posted on youtube, which reportedly depicts the prophet Mohammed as a homosexual pedophile. While people's anger in Egypt propelled them to protest at the US embassy in Cairo, in Libya, enraged mobs attacked the US consulate in Benghazi. The US Ambassador to Libya and three staff members were killed during the attack. In this exclusive video, interviews with local Egyptians and protesters illustrate their religious sentiment, for a full transcription click here.

8:15: "I am Sabir Shartout from Giza, and when I heard about the protest I was one of the first people to confirm my attendance-- it's the least one can do. It is a protest to express the people's anger. This situation is in need of investigation. To those who insulted the prophet: he is the greatest symbol of Islam and he is the root of existence for all Muslims, for all Muslims are alive to love their God and their Prophet. It is really hard and painful for our people and people like us to have to go through those situations. Do we, as people, really deserve this insult? As Muslim, do we really deserve this humiliation? Someone has insulted a symbol, a great symbol that gives meaning to my whole life, and that is the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH). Why are they doing this?"

After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.

Massive Demonstration For Independence of Catalonia

Angelina Jolie Meets With PM Mikati & Visits Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

Kandil: Egypt's Budget Deficit Higher Than Anticipated

Discussing Syria:
Arab League Chief Meets With Britain's Hague
& Arab League Chief and Envoy Meet With Qatari PM

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
Barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

Demostrator on Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona City center.

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
Barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

Demostrators on Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona city center.

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

Demostrators on Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona city center.

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
Barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

Litle girl on demonstration for independence of Catalonia .

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

Mother and child on demonstration for independence of Catalonia .

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
Barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

Catalan on demonstration of independence of Catalonia .

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

"Politics, we are going (to independence), the last one please close the door when come in"

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
Barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

"Everybody have sex or the (prostitute) spain to the river"

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

"Everybody have sex or the (prostitute) Spain to the river 02"

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

Demostrators on "La Pedrera", one of Gaudi famous houses.

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11/09/2012 - Barcelona Massive demons...
Barcelona
By javiervidela
11 Sep 2012

Demostrators on "La Pedrera", one of Gaudi famous houses.