BARCELONA: Thousands of Catalans shouted, sang as well as waved flags as they marched through Barcelona on Saturday, calling for the area’s freedom from Spain.
The march, organised by the grassroots Assemblea Nacional Catalana, was the first given that Spain’s federal government absolved nine Catalan separationist leaders that had actually been jailed for their role in a 2017 botched bid for freedom, which was Spain’s biggest political dilemma in decades.
Many marchers put on face treatments. Authorities claimed regarding 108,000 people participated. ANC placed the number near 400,000.
The figure was lower than in 2019, when about 600,000 marched.
Several of the nine pardoned political leaders as well as activists attended Saturday’s protests. In Catalonia, Sept 11 marks La Diada, the anniversary of the fall of Barcelona to Spanish forces in 1714 as well as it has been marked in the past decade by separationist rallies.
“For the first time in four years, 9 really special individuals have participated in La Diada once more. The political prisoners are back on the streets,” claimed ANC chairwoman Elisenda Paluzie.
Cultural protestor Jordi Cuixart, who was among those incarcerated, advised the crowd to continue to fight for independence.
“Those who ask us to turn the web page as well as do not want us to eliminate for self-determination … What is Spain’s plan for Catalonia? None. Just repression as well as more repression,” he claimed.
The protests occurred at a minute of reduced stress in between Barcelona as well as Madrid than in past years as the main as well as local governments favour discussion despite their opposite sights on independence.
The main and also local federal governments are expected to satisfy following week in Barcelona to return to talks on Catalonia’s political conflict, which have been put on hold considering that Feb 2020.