In Barcelona, Hundreds of Thousands of people carry white banners with the flags of Catalonia for Catalan independence. The event’s slogan was “We are all Catalonia. Common sense for co-existence and drew people from the region. And beyond as well as members of the Spanish government and pro-unity Catalan MPs.
People with Spanish flags tie around their necks head towards the Passeig de Gracia, one of Barcelona’s main thoroughfares.
They participated for Spanish unity two days after the Catalan parliament vote for independence. And the Madrid government took control of the region.
The demonstration on Sunday was assemble by the anti-independence group Society Civil Catalana. Which organize an event earlier this month that was attended by similar numbers.
Hours after the Spanish government formally announce his dismissal. And the replacement of his entire cabinet by counterparts in Madrid, the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont. Put on a display of normality with lunch at a restaurant in the center of his home city, Girona.
As he toasted friends with red wine, posed for pictures with supporters and enjoyed the applause of fellow diners, all broadcast live on national TV, a pre-recorded video message went out promising to continue to work “to build a free nation”.
Catalans are taking to the street:
Speaking shortly before the march, Ines Arrimadas of the Citizen’s Party said: “The silent majority of Catalans are once again taking to the street to show that the majority of Catalans feel Catalan, Spanish and European.”
Ms Arrimadas said the time had come to “restore Catalonia’s institutions” and prepare for the regional elections called by the Spanish government on December 21st.
Juan Montalvo (65), a retiree from Mataro, a town 30km from Barcelona, had travelled to the protest with his 29-year-old son Roger. “We have come to give our opinion and show that part of Catalonia feels Spanish as well,” he said. “Catalan society is divided. We need to achieve more unity, but also to show [pro-independence Catalans] that we are 50 per cent and they need to respect us like we need to respect them”.
Mr Montalvo, who was born in Extremadura, said he felt increasingly like a Spanish immigrant even though he speaks Catalan and is married to a woman from the region.
His son added: “I feel Catalan, but for me that means being Catalan inside a Spanish state.”
Some protesters shouted “viva Espana” while others vented their anger at Carles Puigdemont, who fire as Catalan president by the Spanish government on Friday night, chanting: “Puigdemont to prison!”
On Sunday afternoon, Spain’s foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, told Associated inform Press that Mr Puigdemont could “theoretically” run for re-election in the December polls “if he is not put in jail at that time”.
Two days earlier, Spanish prosecutors said they would file charges of “rebellion” against Mr Puigdemont, a crime punishable with up to 30 years in prison.
Control of Catalonia
Madrid claim direct control of Catalonia for the first time in nearly four decades on Saturday, sacking the regional government and police chief after the declaration of independence.
However the Catalan republic that declare on Friday is not legal under current Spanish law. As well as removing Mr Puigdemont’s existing powers, Madrid dissolve the Catalan parliament that declare independence and called new elections.
Spain’s deputy prime minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, who has managed the government’s response to the Catalan crisis appoint to run Catalonia on a day-to-day basis until then.
But the string of government orders publish on Saturday morning provide only the outline for Madrid’s takeover.
People doing protest on the streets
Some of the region’s 200,000 civil servants have said they will not accept orders from Madrid and one Catalan union also call a 10-day strike starting on Monday in support of the new republic. Although larger groups not join them.
Josep Lluis Trapero, head of the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police. Who won praise for his response to the August terrorist attacks. He is the only senior official to say he will comply with Madrid, accepting a demotion to commissar. Guardian News and Media 2
Activists offer to form human chains around buildings to protect officials. Some of them are expect to face arrest and possible jail sentences for their role in both the referendum. And the declaration of independence that follow.
Though Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy now faces the challenge of implementing it. Also the region officially self-governing since its statute of autonomy was sign in 1979. As Spain return to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.
Many of the thousands of supporters of independence weeping and celebrating on the streets of Barcelona. And other towns on Friday had pledged peaceful resistance to Madrid’s orders even before Puigdemont’s carefully worded call for resistance.