Massive pro-Catalan referendum march held in Spain

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Tens of thousands of Catalan pro-independence protesters marched on Placa Universitat in Barcelona on Thursday. Placards proclaiming independence were wielded by supporters rallying over the right to vote in the Catalan independence referendum. The Spanish government deems it “illegal.” Tensions are running high between Madrid and Catalonia after the region’s parliament passed a bill earlier in September paving the way for an independence referendum to be held on October 1.