To protest Spain's direct rule of Catalonia, more than 40,000 people rallied in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao in the Basque Country, a region that has its own separatist movement which for decades turned bloody.

According to the regional paper Naiz, some 44,000 took part in the rally, which was organised by several Basque Country pro-independence groups, the ultra-left party Podemos' regional branch and several labour unions.

As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s internationa...

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