Thousands rally for Catalonia's secession in Barcelona

A man holding an independence flag is seen through the smoke thrown by demonstrators during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, S

A man holding an independence flag is seen through the smoke thrown by demonstrators during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, S

Protesters hold independence flags and flares during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The traditional Septembe

Protesters hold independence flags and flares during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The traditional Septembe

Protesters hold independence flags and flares during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The traditional Septembe

Protesters hold independence flags and flares during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The traditional Septembe

Demonstrators, one of them holding a banner reading in Catalan "fascists get out", march during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesda

Demonstrators, one of them holding a banner reading in Catalan "fascists get out", march during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesda

Protesters hold independence flags during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The traditional September 11, calle

Protesters hold independence flags during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The traditional September 11, calle

Men dressed in costume shoot their rifles during a performance to celebrate the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. T

Men dressed in costume shoot their rifles during a performance to celebrate the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. T

A group reenacts Catalan army units from the War of the Spanish Succession during a performance to celebrate the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Sp

A group reenacts Catalan army units from the War of the Spanish Succession during a performance to celebrate the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Sp

An Ukranian tourist poses for a snapshot with a Catalan independence flag during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 20

An Ukranian tourist poses for a snapshot with a Catalan independence flag during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 20

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of Spaniards who support the secession of Catalonia are gathering in Barcelona on the region's main holiday, just weeks before a highly anticipated verdict in a case against 12 leaders of the separatist movement.

Supporters of Catalan secession are coming from all parts of the wealthy northeastern region to its main city on Wednesday. Many carry flags or wear T-shirts supporting Catalan independence as they meet for the rally in a large public square.

The Sept. 11 holiday memorializes the fall of Barcelona in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714. Since 2012, it has become the date of massive rallies for the region's secessionist movement.

A dozen leaders of Catalonia's 2017 failed attempt to secede, charged with rebellion, are awaiting a verdict from the Supreme Court.