Tens of thousands gathered across cities and towns in Catalonia to mark the one-year anniversary of the contested referendum on independence last night.
According to municipal police, 180,000 protesters gathered in Barcelona late in the day behind a banner reading “October 1, no forgetting, no forgiving”, to push for independence at a demonstration called by Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDRs), which are demanding a clean break with the Spanish state.
Protesters tried to break through a security barrier in Girona that was protecting the sub-delegation of the Government, but were held back by police. The main focus of protests was held outside of the regional government buildings, with members of the public trying to gain access to the seat of regional government. Another gathering was held outside of the Policia Nacional offices in Via Laietana, however the crowds were dispersed.
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In general though most of the protests were reported to be peaceful.
Local Ciudadanos leader Inés Arrimadas, had to be escorted from the regional parliament building by police, after the building was surrounded by protesters.
Protesters also turned their anger towards regional president Quim Torra, with calls for his resignation. There were appeals for calm from pro-independence leaders, exiled former president Carles Puigdemont said that those who cause violence would damage the independence movement.
Political leaders have slammed the comments earlier in the day by Catalan president Quim Torra, with PP leader Pablo Casado calling for the reintroduction of direct rule.
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