Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region
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A growing crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region amid independence vote

Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

People dance and sing as thousands gather in the Plaza Universitat in Barcelona during a strike to protest the violence that marred Sunday’s referendum vote. According to Catalonia’s government, more than 2 million people voted in the Catalonia referendum, which the Spanish government has declared illegal and undemocratic.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

Opponents of Catalan’s independence efforts carry Spanish flags while marching in Barcelona, Spain.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

A man wrapped in a Catalan pro-independence “Estelada” flag places flowers on the gate of Barcelona’s Ramon Llull School, a polling station that was targeted by riot police during the banned independence referendum on Oct. 1.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

Childhood friends David Jovellar, wearing an “Estelada” or independence flag, and Almudena Chueco, wearing a Spanish flag, hug after bumping into each other at a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

A firefighter is applauded during a one-day strike in Barcelona, Spain. Labor unions and pro-independence groups are urging workers to strike throughout Catalonia to protest police behavior during a referendum on the region’s secession from Spain.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

Thousands gather in Plaza Universitat during a protest against the violence that marred Sunday’s referendum vote in Barcelona, Spain.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

A Catalan student with a red cross on her mouth takes part in a mass protest against the Spanish police’s actions during a referendum held the previous day in Barcelona. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has asked for an international mediation to deal with the unrest in Catalonia and called for the withdrawal of the police forces in the region.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

Thousands of students in Barcelona raise their hands in a protest against Spanish police forces.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

People line up to lay flowers in front of ballot boxes used during the Catalan independence referendum in Pineda de Mar, Spain.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

A young woman hugs a firefighter as others wait to lay flowers on ballot boxes used during the Catalan independence referendum in Pineda de Mar, Spain.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

People supporting Catalan and wearing pro-independence “Estelada” regional flags leave after taking part in a protest at Barcelona University.

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Identity crisis in Spain’s Catalonia region

Catalonian police members protect National Police vehicles in front of hundreds of demonstrators as they leave police headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

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