Barcelona saw a massive pro-independence protest earlier today, as thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate against the Sánchez-Macron summit. The rally was organized by pro-independence organizations and gathered over 30,000 people, making it one of the largest independence demonstrations in the last few months.
The protest showed strength for the independence movement in Catalonia, and highlights the ongoing tensions between the country and Spain. The demonstrators called for culminating independence and an end to repression. They also demanded that the Spanish and French governments respect the right of the Catalan people to self-determination.
The rally was interrupted by police violence at moments. Many participants carried Catalan independence flags and banners with slogans such as “Catalonia is not Spain” and “Freedom for Catalonia.” The demonstration was a reminder that the independence movement is still very much alive.