On October 2017, an independence referendum was held in the northern autonomous region of Catalonia. Following the vote, which resulted in 90 percent of voters supporting secession from Spain, Barcelona proclaimed independence and Madrid imposed direct rule on the region.
On Monday, Catalonia is commemorating the one-year anniversary of the independence vote, with hundreds of pro-independence supporters blocking the roads and high-speed railway. Catalan TV has released images of the central streets in Barcelona and Lleida being blocked, as well as the AP-7 motorway that runs to the French border, as well as the road connecting Barcelona and Madrid.
This comes as 24 people were injured in a clash between pro-independence demonstrators and police over the weekend in Catalonia.
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Pro-Independence Protesters Gather on Streets of Barcelona (VIDEO)
Student strikes, speeches and demonstrations have been taking place all over Spain to commemorate the vote on October 1, 2017, which was declared illegal by Spanish courts and that caused the most serious political crisis in the country in several decades.
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“Let us not stray from the only possible way to live in a full democracy: the (Catalan) Republic and its international recognition,” Puigdemont said in a video message shared on Twitter.
Puigdemont thanked all the people who made the October 1 referendum possible.
“They thought they could prevent the inevitable. We are not diverted from the only possible way to live in a full democracy: the achievement of the Catalan Republic and its international recognition,” he posted on Twitter.
People Gather at Plaça de Sant Jaume in Barcelona (VIDEO)
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‘No forgetting, No Forgiving’ – Catalan President on Independence Vote Anniversary
“Everything began on October 1 and everything goes back to October 1,” the Catalan region’s president Quim Torra said in a ceremony in Sant Julia de Ramis in northern Catalonia on a stage flanked by a large black and white banner that read “No forgetting, no forgiving.”© REUTERS / Jon Nazca
Protesters Commemorate Catalan Referendum by Halting Traffic
Pro-Catalan Independence Supporters Block Railroad to France – Movement
Supporters of Catalonia’s secession from Spain blocked high-speed railway traffic between Catalonia and France on Monday as part of a protest to celebrate the first anniversary of the region’s independence referendum, Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDR) stated.
“TAV [Treno Alta Velocita, high-speed trains] do not operate today. Communication with France has been blocked,” CDR’s Twitter post read.
Pro-Independence Demonstrators in Catalonia Block Roads, Railway Line – ReportsToday marks the anniversary of the 2017 Catalan referendum that failed to form an independent state with several pro-independence Catalan politicians jailed and currently in pre-trial detention in Catalonia’s penitentiary institutions.