Nearly 350,000 protesters flooded the streets of Barcelona demanding the release of their leaders. Some clashes between police and protesters have been reported on Saturday night.
According to the Spanish media, the demonstration convened by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Omnium Cultural and large groups of civil societies, gathered at Marina de Barcelona, to protest the rulings of the Supreme Court against the leaders of the independence, the case involving the trial of the Catalan leaders associated with the independence referendum of October 1, 2017.
Several thousand people summoned by the Defense Committees of the Republic (CDR), near National Police headquarters, on Barcelona’s Laietana Avenue.
President of the Catalan government, Quim Torra, and the President of the local parliament, Roger Torrent, joined the demonstration.
Protests in Barcelona flared after the Spanish Supreme Court announced the judgment on October 14
The protests flared after the Spanish Supreme Court announced the judgment on October 14, awarding prison sentences against Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Josep Rull, Dolors Bassa, Carme Forcadell, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart.
Protesters displayed banners and with “Prison is not the solution”, “Enough repression”, “Amnesty” and “Spain, sit down and talk”. They also demanded Catalonia’s independence and the freedom of political prisoners marked in the demonstration.
The Catalan authorities called for unity and underlined the non-violent character of the independence movement and demanded that the Government and Parliament in Madrid will give a political and institutional response to the historic moment.
Protest organizers said they would continue to lead peaceful, cross-cutting and inclusive mobilizations, and asked the Catalan and Spanish institutions for political proposals to respond to the clamor of the streets.
The protests began on the very day of the announcement of the Supreme court and were repeated over several days in Barcelona and other cities in the autonomous region.
Protests in Catalonia were also marked by some 200 arrests and hundreds of injured security personnel.