30 Oct, 2017
Pro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona, Spain, October 29, 2017 © Yves Herman / Reuters
A sea of pro-Madrid supporters can be seen flooding broad avenues, boulevards and squares of the Catalan capital. A huge banner unfurled by the demonstrators depicts a giant heart composed of the Spanish, Catalan and EU flags is visible from above.
Official estimates put the number of protesters at around 350,000. Organizers claimed that over a million people joined the rally.
The march was aimed at demonstrating support for Spain’s unity and rejecting Catalonia’s independence declaration, which the organizers called “an unprecedented attack in the history of democracy,” AP reported. Members of pro-unity parties as well as Madrid’s official representative in Catalonia attended the gathering.