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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Basques form 123-kilometre-long human chain in bid for independence from Spain

    


More than 100,000 Basques formed a human chain in northern Spain Sunday in a protest for greater autonomy.

Rally organizers said the chain was 123 kilometers long, stretching from the town of Durango in Bilbao to Pamplona, the capital of the neighboring region of Navarra.

Several Basque politicians and union leaders joined the protest, which was organized by an initiative called Gure Esku Dago (It is in Our Hands). 

 

Organizing group "It's in Our Hands" estimated some 100,000 people joined the chain, which echoed a similar demonstration on Sept. 11 last year in Catalonia, another Spanish region with a large independence movement.

It was similar to a rally in Catalonia in north-eastern Spain in September when a 400-kilometre-long human chain called The Catalan Way Towards Independence was formed.

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