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Barcelona braces for march to reject Catalan independence

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Catalonia’s main city Barcelona is bracing for a new day of protests over an independence declaration that led to the regional government’s dismissal by Spain.

Societat Civil Catalan has called for those who oppose Catalan independence to march at noon Sunday (1100 GMT; 7 a.m. EDT).

Organizers say the march’s goal is to defend Spain’s unity and reject “an unprecedented attack in the history of democracy.” Their slogan will be “We are all Catalonia. Common sense for coexistence!” Members of the central government and main pro-union parties are expected to join.

A nationalist activist holds a Spanish flag as they drive around Barcelona, Spain, Saturday Oct. 28, 2017. About 300 pro union activists drove through Barcelona center with cars and motorcycles and reached the port to show solidarity toward the Guardia Civil national police, based at the Barcelona harbour. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Three weeks ago, the same group organized a mass rally that brought hundreds of thousands onto Barcelona’s streets.

No pro-independence marches were expected Sunday. Catalonia’s ousted leader has called for Catalans to engage in peaceful opposition.

Nationalist activists hold Spanish flags as they cheer the national police officers guarding one of the main entrances at the port of Barcelona, Spain, Saturday Oct. 28, 2017. About 300 pro union activists drove through Barcelona center with cars and motorcycles and reached the port to show solidarity toward the Guardia Civil national police, based at the Barcelona harbour. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Nationalist activists hold Spanish flags as they cheer the national police officers guarding one of the main entrances at the port of Barcelona, Spain, Saturday Oct. 28, 2017. About 300 pro union activists drove through Barcelona center with cars and motorcycles and reached the port to show solidarity toward the Guardia Civil national police, based at the Barcelona harbour. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Nationalist activists hold Spanish flags as they drive around Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. About 300 pro union activists drove through Barcelona center with cars and motorcycles and reached the port to show solidarity toward the Guardia Civil national police, based at the Barcelona harbour. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Nationalist activists hold Spanish flags as they drive around Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. About 300 pro union activists drove through Barcelona center with cars and motorcycles and reached the port to show solidarity toward the Guardia Civil national police, based at the Barcelona harbour. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A nationalist activist holds an European Union flag as national police officers stand guard at one of the entrances at the Barcelona port, Spain, Saturday Oct. 28, 2017. About 300 pro union activists drove through Barcelona center with cars and motorcycles and reached the port to show solidarity toward the Guardia Civil national police, based at the Barcelona harbour. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A nationalist activist holds an European Union flag as national police officers stand guard at one of the entrances at the Barcelona port, Spain, Saturday Oct. 28, 2017. About 300 pro union activists drove through Barcelona center with cars and motorcycles and reached the port to show solidarity toward the Guardia Civil national police, based at the Barcelona harbour. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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