Massive unionist rally in central Barcelona

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Thousands of Spanish unity activists flocked to the streets of Barcelona Sunday to declare support for Madrid’s rule. Tensions flared following the Catalonian declaration of independence Friday, and Madrid's almost immediate response to impose direct rule on Catalonia. Some of the protesters were seen at the Palau de la Generalitat, which houses the offices of the region's president, shouting anti-Catalan slogans and taunting the police. Waving flags and chanting, columns of people packed the streets lauding the Spanish government's implementation of Article 155, and the impending Catalonia regional elections scheduled for December 21.

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