Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Barcelona on Sunday asking for Spain to remain united, while Spain's Prime Minister says Cataln's declaration will have no effect. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday (October 08) to express their opposition to any declaration of independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue. The protesters rallied in central Barcelona, waving Spanish and Catalan flags and banners saying "Catalonia is Spain" and "Together we are stronger", as politicians on both sides hardened their positions in the country's worst political crisis for decades. Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa also took part in the marches. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Saturday (October 07) he would not rule out removing Catalonia's government and calling a fresh local election if it claimed independence, as well as suspending the region's existing autonomous status.