Thousands Of Pro-Spain Supporters Take To Streets Of Barcelona After Separatist Clashes

CONSITUTIONALISM has filled the centre of Barcelona this Sunday in response to a violent night of clashes in Barcelona between police and pro-independence demonstrators.

Thousands of supporters of Spanish unity took the streets of the city on Sunday waving the national flag.

Around 80,000 people rallied in Barcelona on Sunday in support of Spanish unity.

Politicians from the left, right and centre attended the demonstration organised by the Catalan Civil Society Association, which says it wants to rebuild Catalonia in a peaceful way

The central government in Madrid was represented by Spain’s acting foreign minister, Josep Borrell.

“This violence is damaging Barcelona and Catalonia very much,” Borrell told reporters. “It’s essential we take the path of a pacific coexistence. Without it, there’s no solution to the political problems we have.”

One demonstrator stated: “I am from Linares, my sons are from Catalonia, I’ve lived here all my life,” said one man, “no one loves Catalonia more than I do. I love Catalonia, Linares and I’m Spanish, but I am not a separatist because I don’t want barriers.”

“Not only one part (of Catalonia) is valid,” another woman added. “If the Catalonia regional government does not represent the rest of Catalans we have to take to the street and say we are here. Not only one part is valid, we all make up Catalonia”.

Under the slogan “enough” to the pro-independence and riots, and to the cry of “Barcelona will not burn” the constitutionalists have responded to the radicals who have turned Barcelona into a scene of violence for the last 14 days.

Flowers were left at the police headquarters in a show of respect and support.

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