A minimum of 350,000 individuals gathered in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, for a rally in opposition to independence from Spain.
They waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying “Collectively we’re stronger” and “Catalonia is Spain”.
It was the biggest such rally in Catalonia amid hypothesis that Catalan leaders will declare independence from Spain subsequent week.
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has warned he wouldn’t rule out something “throughout the regulation” to halt Catalonian independence.
Comparable rallies have been held throughout Spain on Saturday.
The ultimate outcomes from final week’s disputed referendum within the rich north-eastern area prompt 90% of the two.three million individuals who voted backed independence. Turnout was 43%.
There have been a number of claims of irregularities, and plenty of poll packing containers have been seized by Spanish police.
Practically 900 individuals have been injured because the police, attempting to implement a Spanish courtroom ban on the vote, tried to disperse voters.
Thirty-three law enforcement officials have been additionally harm.
Police in Barcelona mentioned 350,000 individuals turned out for Sunday’s rally; organisers put the determine at 950,000.
Amongst them have been former authorities minister Josep Borrell, who mentioned his fellow Catalans wanted to get well their level-headedness, and nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.
“You want greater than a coup plot to destroy what has been constructed over 500 years of historical past,” Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian-Spanish novelist, informed the crowds.
A kind of attending the rally was 72-year-old Araceli Ponze. She informed Reuters: “We really feel each Catalan and Spanish.
“We face an amazing unknown. We are going to see what occurs this week however we now have to talk out very loudly so that they know what we would like.”
Comparable unity rallies have been held throughout Spain on Saturday
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is anticipated to deal with the regional parliament on Tuesday at 18:00 native time (16:00 GMT). Spain’s Constitutional Court docket suspended a Catalan parliament session that had been deliberate for Monday.
There may be hypothesis that the parliament will declare independence unilaterally at its subsequent sitting.
In an interview with El País newspaper, Spain’s prime minister retained the robust line he and his authorities have taken over the referendum.
“The federal government will be certain that any declaration of independence will result in nothing,” Mariano Rajoy said.
He additionally mentioned he deliberate to maintain additional police, deployed to Catalonia earlier than the referendum, within the area till the disaster is over.
And he rejected requires early nationwide elections.
Requested whether or not he was ready to invoke Article 155 of Spain’s structure, which permits the nationwide parliament to intervene within the working of an autonomous area, Mr Rajoy mentioned: “I do not rule out completely something that’s throughout the regulation.”
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister who misplaced a referendum on independence from the UK in 2014, mentioned on Sunday that the one technique to resolve the disaster was with “either side coming collectively to attempt to discover a approach ahead… that respects the rule of regulation, democracy and the proper to decide on”.
On Saturday, 1000’s of individuals calling for Spanish unity attended rallies within the capital Madrid. Different demonstrations – together with in Barcelona – have been additionally held urging political dialogue.
In the meantime, companies have continued to announce their departure from the Catalan area amid the continuing political uncertainty.
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