- 09.12.13 04:44 PM EDT
More than a million Catalans joined hands to form a 250-mile long human chain across Northeastern Spain, in a powerful demonstration of their desire for independence. Painted in the yellow and red of the Catalan flag, the protesters renewed calls for autonomy from Spain on Catalonia’s National Day.
Catalonia, which has a population of more than 7.5 million people and includes the city of Barcelona, is one of Spain’s wealthiest. It intends to hold a referendum for independence in 2014, although that’s prohibited under Spain’s constitution.