Tens of thousands of Catalans marched through the streets of Barcelona on Saturday night, demanding independence for the region of northern Spain.
Police estimate that about 108,000 people participated in the march. The organizers behind put the number closer to 400,000.
Saturday was ‘La Dida’, the anniversary of Barcelona’s fall to Spanish forces in 1714.
For the past ten years or so, it has been an anniversary for those separatists who want Catalonia seceded from the rest of Spain.
Under the slogan ‘We will fight for independence and win’, the march began at 17.14 as a reference to that year.
“To those who ask us to look ahead and who do not want us to fight for self-determination: what is Spain’s plan for Catalonia? None. Only oppression and more oppression, “said activist Jordi Cuixart in a speech.
He was one of nine separatist leaders who were pardoned by the Spanish government in June and released from prison.
Saturday’s march through Barcelona is the largest march in Catalonia since the Spanish government pardoned the nine Catalan separatist leaders. They were jailed after the region’s secession attempt in 2017.
‘For the first time in four years, nine very special people have participated in La Dida again. The political prisoners are back in the streets, “said Elisanda Paluzie, chairwoman of the NGO National Assembly Catalonia (ANC).
It is the largest demonstration in Catalonia in the good year and a half that has passed since the corona pandemic hit Europe.
In 2019, about 600,000 people participated, while last year was far fewer due to coronary restrictions.
Next week, Catalonia’s regional government is expected to meet with the Spanish government to resume negotiations, which have been stagnant since February 2020.
The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchéz, has not yet confirmed whether he will take part in the negotiations.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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