Some 17,000 people, according to the Guardia Urbana, have gathered this afternoon in the Plaza de Sant Jaume, seat of the Catalan government, and its surroundings to celebrate the declaration of independence approved by the Parliament of Catalonia.
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) has installed a stage in one of the corners of Plaça de Sant Jaume, in front of the Palau de la Generalitat, and they have installed a giant screen with the motto: “Festa de Proclamació de la República”, where Musical groups have performed, such as Germà negre, who has sung the song “passiu-be”, much chanted by the audience.
Those gathered have raised pro-independence flags and banners with the slogan “Llibertat Jordis” and have chanted “Freedom! Freedom!” On several occasions, to demand the release of Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart, in prison for the protests against the Civil Guard and the National Police.
Two ANC volunteers have taken the stage and asked for a moment of remembrance “for the people who have fought for this cause and are not here now and a special memory for Muriel Casals”, who was president of Òmnium Cultural and passed away after being run over by a bicycle.
The thousands of people gathered in Plaça de Sant Jaume then observed a minute of silence in memory of Muriel Casals.
After breaking into a long applause, some of the attendees fired rockets and sang the Catalan anthem “Els segadors”.
At another time, the same two ANC volunteers have announced from the stage that the Government had already published in the BOE the application of Article 155, an announcement that has been answered by a general boo from the square, whose assistants have chanted: ” Do not have for “.
The two ANC volunteers have declared: “Now the work of defending ourselves and our territory begins. They lose power if we are not afraid.”
Some 40 people have extended a giant stellate flag in front of the Vía Laietana National Police Headquarters while shouting: “Fora, fora the Spanish flag!”
The thousands of attendees at the “Party for the Republic” in Plaça Sant Jaume received with boos the announcement of elections and the dismissal of the Government announced by the President of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy.
Around 10:00 pm the organizers of the party for the Catalan Republic have ended the “Party for the Republic”, and have urged people to rest and regain strength “and what a very important week is coming.”
– National Assembly (@assembly) October 27, 2017
Applause after the declaration of independence
On the other hand, after the proclamation of independence, thousands of people gathered near the Parliament reacted with an explosion of joy, champagne and a firecracker.
These people have been counting one by one the votes that were proclaimed and that they saw on a giant screen, and each ‘yes’ was received with a shout of joy and the ‘no’ with a disappointment.
Once the result was announced, shouts like ‘Visca Catalunya’ and ‘Ja som independents’ have been sung, amid faces of happiness, cries of joy and hugs.
Demonstration for the unity of Spain
In addition, some 1,000 people with Spanish flags have demonstrated against the independence of Catalonia on the Diagonal of Barcelona, where traffic has been cut, and have gone to Plaza Francesc Macià, as reported by EFE, citing sources from the Guardia Urbana.
The demonstration began spontaneously after a concentration of young people who reject independence in Plaza Artós at around 6:00 p.m.
Two hundred people have gathered there, who have started a march along the Via Augusta, to which people have joined up to a thousand and have gone to Plaza Espanya.
A group of these protesters have gone to the headquarters of Catalunya Ràdio with Spanish flags and have carried out a violent protest, breaking the windows of the entrance door to the building and preventing the station from leaving. In addition, they have proffered insults against this medium.
Catalunya Ràdio has announced that it will file a complaint for the damage.
– Saul Gordillo (@saulgordillo) October 27, 2017
However, the altercations did not end there. Three people they have turned out injuries by unionist protesters and two of them had to be transferred to the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, according to police and emergency sources.
Two young men aged 31 and 32 have been attacked around 9:30 p.m. by unionist protesters between Aragón and Provença streets, and the SEM has transferred them from Passeig de Gràcia to the Hospital de Sant Pau, where they have been treated for minor bruises. .
A third person has been slightly injured. It is about a man who has been beaten on Mallorca Street. A unionist protester punched him in the face.
— 324.cat (@324cat) October 27, 2017
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.