In Barcelona, thousands of people attend rally against independence of Catalonia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Protesters urge to imprison the leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
16:27, 8 October 2017

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On Sunday, October 8, in Barcelona, thousands of people attended a rally against the independence of Catalonia from the Spanish crown. This is reported by El Mundo.

It is reported that the protesters gathered in the central square of the city, holding in their hands Spanish and Catalan flags. Demonstrators chanted "Catalonia - Spain" and urged to detain the president of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont.

We recall, on Sunday, October 1, in Catalonia, referendum on the withdrawal from Spain was held. 2.26 million out of 5.31 million Catalan voters took part in it.

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On the day of voting, there were clashes between law enforcers and supporters of the referendum, about 900 people were injured. The division of the region is not recognized  either by Madrid or the European Union. Ukraine also considers the referendum in Catalonia illegitimate. And the UN called on Spain to investigate all cases of violence during the referendum.

Even after the referendum in the streets of Barcelona, rallies continued, involving about 300 thousand people.

King of Spain did not recognize the referendum on independence, and the Catalan leader accused the King of Spain of "ignoring millions." Later, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that his government could use constitutional powers to end the autonomy of Catalonia to prevent the region from seceding from Spain.

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