Activists calling for the independance
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Catalans mark Independence Day with huge human chain

Thousands of supporters of Catalonia's independence from Spain have gathered across the north-eastern province of the country to try to form a 400km (250 mile) human chain.

Villages, towns and cities, including Barcelona joined hands to mark Catalan Independence Day and to press the case for nationhood for the semi-autonomous region, which has its own language.

Speaking to the BBC's Tom Burridge, Catalan President Artur Mas said he is "trying to negotiate" a legal framework with central government to allow the region a referendum on independence in 2014.

  • 11 Sep 2013
Go to next video: Independence dominates Catalonia election