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Spanish national anthem words spark controversy

Today 01:32 GMT

Spanish pop singer Marta Sanchez reignited a national debate over patriotism when she performed the national anthem with her own added lyrics, at a concert in Madrid on Saturday.

The Spanish national anthem, known as the "Royal March," is one of the few in the world that does not contain any lyrics and Spaniards often hum or just stand silent when it is played. Sanchez's performance of the anthem caused both praise and criticism, in a country that is still reeling from the political crisis that was sparked by the recent Catalan secession movement in October 2017.


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