‘Catalonia is Spain’: Protests snub call for Catalan independence
Catalan leaders held an independence referendum one week ago in a divisive and controversial poll that Madrid slammed as illegal.
The Catalan leaders claimed that 90% of voters were in favor of seceding from Spain. Those numbers are unlikely to be representative of true public opinion, as supporters of remaining in Spain may have considered voting illegal and abstained.
A week of protests have nonetheless shown a bitter division.
Massive crowds have taken to the streets to rally for independence since the vote a week ago. But there have also been large crowds against separation, including in Madrid, as well as protests calling for dialogue.
The march was organized by the Societat Civil Catalana, which is supported by political parties in Madrid and which called on people from all over the country to attend the march.
It wasn’t clear how many people might have come in from other cities. CNN spoke to several protesters, all of whom were Catalan.
In a sea of red-and-yellow Spanish and Catalan flags, protesters sent a clear message, shouting: “Catalonia is Spain.”