Nearly a million pro-European globalists took to the streets in Barcelona on Sunday to angrily protest the Catalan independence referendum.
Lots of of 1000’s of elitists took to the streets waving banners saying “I’m Spanish,” and “Catalonia is Spain,” and “Collectively we’re stronger,” in an try to defy the need of the Catalonian individuals.
Rt.com experiences: Police mentioned round 350,000 individuals took to the streets of the Spanish capital, although organizers put the determine nearer to 930,000.
The rally, designed to defend the unity of Spain, was organized by the Catalan Civil Society (SCC) group, with the slogan‘Let’s recuperate our frequent sense!’
“Everybody has the correct to say their opinion. [Until] at this time I had the impression that [people] who have been in opposition to independence couldn’t communicate. At present is a superb day when everybody in Catalonia can communicate,” a French girl residing in Barcelona informed RT.
When requested concerning the federal police presence within the area, the girl justified the measure saying that “we will’t overlook that Catalonia continues to be Spain.”
Wrapped in a Spanish flag, one other native believes Prime Minister Rajoy ought to observe the principles and train his powers.“He’s in control of our authorities, he should do one thing. He should take away some powers from autonomic authorities, as a result of they’re not following the principles.”
Others noticed the Sunday gathering as a chance for the Catalans to exit to the streets and say “We’re Spanish as properly. You’re not touching our Catalonia, as a result of Catalonia is for everybody and Spain is for everybody.”
“Folks of peace which are right here, we don’t need warfare, we don’t need battle with Catalonia. That is our flag, and Catalonia’s is our flag,” the person says, wrapped within the crimson and yellow Spanish flag. “Viva Espana! Viva Catalonia!” the person referred to as out, as the group cheered and joined in his chant.
Greater than 2.2 million individuals throughout Catalonia forged their ballots in final Sunday’s referendum, which noticed a 90-percent vote in favor of a break up from Spain. The police crackdown on the independence referendum within the prosperous Spanish area led to over 800 individuals being injured and mass protests, with 700,000 individuals taking to the streets of Barcelona to vent their anger and voice help for the native authorities.
Within the wake of the referendum, Catalan regional chief Carles Puigdemont pledged to current the outcomes to the native parliament, regardless of the Spanish Constitutional Court docket ruling the referendum unlawful. The court docket subsequently suspended the upcoming Monday session of the Catalan parliament, throughout which it was anticipated to deal with the result of the favored vote.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said, in an unique interview with El Pais on Saturday, that “Spain just isn’t going to be divided and the nation’s unity shall be maintained… We imagine that we all know what the Spanish individuals are considering. And they need to know that the federal government additionally is aware of what it has to do.”
“The perfect could be to not should take drastic measures, however for that to occur there must be some rectifications. I would love the specter of a declaration of independence to be withdrawn as shortly as doable,” he said.
On Monday, the European Fee backed the Spanish authorities’s stance that the referendum was in opposition to the regulation and referred to as the police crackdown an “inner matter” for Spain.
This led to accusations of hypocrisy voiced in opposition to the EU, with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic saying: “How come that within the case of Catalonia the referendum on independence just isn’t legitimate, whereas within the case of Kosovo, secession [from Serbia in 2008] is allowed even and not using a referendum?”
The EU sided with Spain’s nationwide authorities, and did not explicitly condemn the violent suppression of the vote.
European Fee First Vice President Frans Timmermans described the baton costs and rubber bullets used in opposition to voters and protesters as a “proportionate” use of drive that EU states are entitled to deploy to guard the regulation.
“It’s a responsibility for any authorities to uphold the rule of regulation, and this typically requires the proportionate use of drive,”Timmermans informed the European Parliament in Strasbourg throughout a debate on Catalonia.