Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona

Catalans calling themselves a "silent majority" opposed to leaving Spain broke their silence after a week of mounting anxiety over Spain's worst political crisis in a generation.

Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona

World Bulletin / News Desk

Protesters flocked to Barcelona on Sunday wrapped in Spanish flags to rally against plans by separatist leaders to declare Catalonia independent following a banned secession referendum.

Hundreds of people gathered on the city's Urquinaona square waving red and yellow flags and singing "Viva Espana".

"We have perhaps been silent too long," Alejandro Marcos, 44, told AFP.

"It seems that the one who yells the most wins the argument. So we have to raise our voices and say loud and clear that we do not want independence."

Some protesters called for the region's separatist president Carles Puigdemont to go to jail for holding a vote on independence in defiance of the Spanish government and courts.

"The unity of Spain cannot be voted on or negotiated -- it must be defended," read one sign in the crowd.

Last Mod: 08 Ekim 2017, 12:51
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