Hundreds of thousands will gather across Catalonia less than a month before regional government’s controversial referendum

On Monday afternoon, hundreds of thousands of people will gather across Catalonia to remember a disastrous defeat. Many among them, however, will be hoping that an equally momentous victory is not too far off.

Although Catalonia’s national day, the Diada, commemorates the fall of Barcelona in the Spanish war of succession in 1714 – and the region’s subsequent loss of institutions and freedoms – it recently has come to serve a rather different purpose.

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