In Barcelona, supporters of the unity of Spain were again called to go down in the street this Thursday, October 12, Spanish national holiday, at the call of the Catalan Civil Society, as the previous Sunday, Spanish flags at arm’s length.
The demonstrators descended the Paseo de Gracia and gathered Place de Catalunya, wrapped in flags in the colors of Spain, chanting slogans, “Long live Catalonia, Long live Spain, Puigdemont in prison“.
“It’s necessary to come out and say that we do not agree with independence, we are there and there are many of us,” explains Laura. It takes dialogue and not violence, of course, but the circus we saw Tuesday night in the Catalan Parliament was lamentable! ” I am a Galician, but I have lived all my life in Catalonia, I will give my life for Catalonia but also for Spain. What would we find if we left Europe? The fall in the precipice, the failure, and the ruin, “abounds another protester.
Around 1 pm, the demonstration dispersed, a group of ultras, extremist nationalists surrounded by the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, themselves insulted by the crowd. A few hundred yards away, Jordi, in his thirties, works in a cafe. He supported independence and said he was pessimistic about a dialogue with Madrid.
” This demonstration should not have taken place, I do not share this day of Hispanic. Rajoy did not give an ultimatum to Puigdemont. Puidgemont continued to advance, he is a good president of the Generalitat. He wants a dialogue, but Rajoy is not going to talk. That is why we have made our voice heard so that Europe can listen to us, “he explains.
For Mariano Rajoy and for anti-independence demonstrators, the ball is now in the camp of Carles Puigdemont.