Pro-independence Protesters In Catalonia Gather In Barcelona
During the week, groups holding demonstrations in Catalonia cities under the name “freedom marches” met in Barcelona. The entrance to La Sagrada Familia Basilica, one of the city’s major tourist centres, was closed because of the demonstrations. 57 flights were cancelled at Barcelona International Airport. The Barcelona-Real Madrid match, scheduled to be played at Camp Nou on October 26 due to protests, has been postponed. Tens of thousands of people gathered on the streets of Barcelona in Spain’s Catalonia region protesting the Supreme Court’s convictions of pro-independence Catalan politicians.
The groups, which have been holding demonstrations in different cities of the autonomous region of Catalonia since the beginning of the week under the name “freedom marches,” met in the region’s capital, Barcelona.
Businesses and shops have been closed, while employees have quit their jobs due to a general strike announced across the region.
Demonstrators carrying Catalonia flags chanted pro-independence slogans, demanding the release of convicted politicians.
Demonstrations generally passed without incident, resulting in clashes between a group of one hundred demonstrators and police. The group gathered in front of the downtown police building, hurling bottles, eggs and paint at police. Police responded with plastic bullets to the group setting up roadblocks by setting fire to surrounding rubbish bins.
LA SAGRADA FAMILIA’S ENTRANCE CLOSED, 57 FLIGHTS CANCELLED
Because of the demonstrations, the entrance to the Basilica of La Sagrada Familia, designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, was closed and 57 flights were cancelled at Barcelona International Airport.
‘EL CLASICO’ POSTPONED
Meanwhile, the Spanish Football Federation has announced that the Barcelona-Real Madrid match scheduled to be played at Camp Nou on October 26 has been postponed due to events in the region.
FORMER HEAD OF CATALONIA’S AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT TESTIFIES
Meanwhile, former Catalonia autonomous government President Carles Puigdemont, who has a warrant for his arrest by Spain, testified to a court in Belgium where he was on the run today at the Madrid administration’s request for his capture, following the Supreme Court’s conviction of Catalan politicians.
While the court released Puigdemont without bail, it ordered him not to leave the country until his extradition hearing on October 29.