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    Thousands of Spaniards Rally for Unity With Catalonia

    They’re the loyal opposition. Thousands demonstrated in Madrid Saturday for keeping Catalonia united with Spain in spite of last Sunday’s violence-wracked independence vote, while Spanish officials said they regretted heavy-handed voter suppression. But Catalan leaders appear poised to declare independence, which Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed “will lead to nothing” except perhaps a revocation of the restive region’s autonomy. Meanwhile, Europe’s other independence movements are taking notice, as pro-unity Catalans plan to rally today in Catalonia’s heart, Barcelona, against separation.

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