The Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of Spaniards from the northern Basque Country have formed a line that stretched over 200 kilometers to demand a ballot on secession for the wealthy region.
Protesters held hands or extended scarves between themselves to form the human chain, which connected the cities of San Sebastian, Bilbao and regional seat Vitoria.
The scarves bore the slogan “It’s in our hands” written in Basque
Organizers say 175,000 people participated, including Basque and Catalan pro-secession politicians and activists. Basque police did not give an official count.
The demonstration took place just over a month after Basque militant group ETA announced its dissolution.