A group of angry unity protesters marched on the Catalan regional government headquarters in Barcelona on Sunday (October 29), shaking barricades and shouting at Catalan police who were guarding the building. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.
Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards marching on the Catalan regional government headquarters on Sunday calling for a unified Spain, after Catalonia declared independence on Friday. While the Barcelona demonstration was mostly peaceful, a group of angry unity protesters shook barricades and shouted at Catalan police who were guarding the building. The tense scenes came after the first poll was published since Madrid called a regional election to try to resolve the crisis over Catalan demands for independence. The poll gave political parties opposing a split by Catalonia from Spain a small lead. After Catalonia's declaration, Spain's Prime Minister responded by imposing direct rule on the autonomous region, sacking the regional leader Carles Puigdemont and dismissing his government. Catalans are now set to vote for a new regional parliament on December 21. The Catalan government - which is still claiming to hold power - says it was given a mandate to secede from Spain in an unofficial referendum held on October 1.