Pro-unity protesters gather in Barcelona two days after Catalonia gains 'independence' [Photos]
Pro-unity protesters gathered for a rally in Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday, two days after regional lawmakers voted to break away from Spain.
Pro-unity protesters gathered for a rally in Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday, two days after regional lawmakers voted to break away from Spain. AP
As protesters gathered for the march, the deputy president, Oriol Junqueras of the region's now-deposed government lashed out against Madrid over what he called a "coup d'etat". AP
'The President of the country is and will remain Carles Puigdemont' Oriol Junqueras wrote in Catalan newspaper,<em> El Punt Avvi. </em>AP
The Catalan crisis was triggered by a banned independence referendum on 1 October that was shunned by many and marred by police violence. AP
On Friday, Catalan lawmakers passed a motion by 70 votes out of 135 in the secessionist-majority regional parliament, to declare the region of 7.5 million people independent from Spain. AP
Meantime, prosecutors are preparing to file charges of rebellion against president Carles Puigdemont next week for being defiant and calling for 'democratic opposition' to Madrid's power grab. AP