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Spain: 'Everyone has become a rebel' – pro-independence protesters rally in Barcelona

3 22.10.2019 Инфо

W/S Police van being pelted with paint bombs, Barcelona
M/S Protesters making paint bombs
W/S Protesters throwing paint bombs
M/S Police van being pelted with paint bombs
W/S Police van being pelted with paint bombs
W/S Police
M/S Police moving forward
M/S Protesters throwing balloons in the air
SOT, Marta, Protester (Spanish): "Everyone has become a rebel, everyone in Catalonia is together, young and old people, right-wing and left-wing, all people are outraged. We are going to be out on the streets every day, until we burst, I guess. And every day we will do it."
M/S Protesters throwing balloons in the air *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Iker, Protester (Spanish): "People want to see it as a problem of independence, but it is a problem of a freedom of expression. We have been protesting peacefully for a lot of years and no one heard us. The only thing that we get from the (Spanish) government is beatings, disparagement and people said 'enough', we have arrived at our breaking point. They didn't want to hear us the good way, so they will have to hear us the bad way, because we're going to be out in the streets until the last day, we are gambling on our own lives."
M/S Protesters holding signs reading: "Spain sit and talk."
M/S Protesters
W/S Protesters marching
W/S Protesters chanting (Spanish): "Catalonia anti-fascists" at Obelisco Diagonal monument
M/S Protesters chanting (Spanish): "Catalonia anti-fascists" at Obelisco Diagonal monument
W/S Protesters gathered at Obelisco Diagonal monument
SCRIPT
Barcelona streets were flooded with pro-independence demonstrators on Monday as people continued to rally for the eight day of protests which have rocked the Catalan capital.
"Everyone has become a rebel, everyone in Catalonia is together, young and old people, right-wing and left-wing, all people are outraged. We are going to be out on the streets every day," said Marta, one of the protesters.
Activists were seen pelting vans belonging to the Spanish national police with paint bombs.
Spanish acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited the Catalan capital on Monday and drew criticism from protesters for his refusal to meet with Catalan President Quim Torra who reportedly urged the Spanish government to "sit and talk."
Protests and civil unrest have rocked Catalonia since the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine pro-independence leaders to up to 13 years in prison for their role in the region's 2017 bid for secession. According to Catalan media, at least 579 people have been injured, including 228 security officials, since the protests began.