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Barca and Real rivalry satirized amid Catalonia crisis

October 8, 2017 4:11 PM
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A fan poses in front of a poster of Barcelona where the picture of defender Gerard Pique has been vandalized outside the club's Camp Nou stadium which was closed as part of a general strike in Barcelona called by Catalan unions on October 3, 2017.Several hundred thousand Catalans rallied in fury at police violence against voters during a banned independence referendum, as Madrid accused regional authorities of "inciting rebellion".

Barcelona football club refused to train as part of an accompanying strike, which officials said slowed down public transport and freight shipments in the port of Barcelona. Pique is an outspoken defender of the wealthy northeastern Spanish region's right to self-determination.

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