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Pro-independence activists gear up for Spanish government visit

Groups of protesters cut Catalonia's main highway at the weekend with more action expected for December 21 meeting

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10 December 2018 12:34 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Some groups of pro-independence activists are preparing to hold major protests to coincide with the visit of the Spanish government, which plans to hold a cabinet meeting in Barcelona on December 21.

The Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC), one of the major pro-independence civic organizations, has already announced that it will call for public protests.

"Get ready," says the organization on its social media, where it calls for effective protests over "forming a circle" or "a ribbon of light," in reference to previous demonstrations with a symbolic, festival atmosphere.

CDR groups, known for their direct protests, such as cutting roads and train links, are also calling for public mobilizations, especially with the hashtag "#ComençalaRevolta21D" (revolution starts on December 21).

15-hour cut to highway

Some groups of CDR activists were gearing up for the protests this weekend, with several actions that caused disruptions, especially to mobility.

On Saturday, activists cut the AP-7 highway, the main one in the country, for some 15 hours in the Ebre Delta region, south of Barcelona, with cars having to be diverted to a secondary road.

  • "We are ready to be done with the 1978 regime and its de facto powers"

    CDR pro-independence activists

The protests urged the release of the political leaders in pre-trial jail, and pushed for the implementation of the Catalan republic.

Toll barriers lifted

Meanwhile, on Sunday evening, several toll barriers on three highways were lifted by activists, which also included the AP-7, as well as the AP-2 and C-16 highways.

When the protest was over, the CDR organization said on Twitter that they had proved again that they are "ready to be done with the 1978 regime [referring to the year in which the Spanish Constitution came into effect] and its de facto powers."  

The Catalan police did not stop the protests on Saturday, nor on Sunday.  

Spanish government visit

The Spanish government's decision to hold a cabinet meeting in Barcelona is a highly unusual move, as the meetings are usually in Madrid. In fact, Pedro Sánchez's executive has only convened outside Madrid once, in Seville.

The office of the Spanish president said that Sánchez wanted to take the opportunity to meet his Catalan counterpart.

Meanwhile, Quim Torra suggested that the two governments in full should sit down at the table, something Madrid rejects.

So far, it is unlikely that there will be such a meeting between them, but the demonstrations are expected to go ahead should Sánchez and his ministers meet in the Catalan capital.

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  • Image of a CDR activist next to a toll barrier in L'Hospitalet de l'Infant, southern Catalonia, on December 9, 2018 (by Mar Rovira)

  • Several pro-independence CDR protesters cutting the AP-7 highway on December 10, 2018 (by Mar Rovira)

  • Image of a CDR activist next to a toll barrier in L'Hospitalet de l'Infant, southern Catalonia, on December 9, 2018 (by Mar Rovira)
  • Several pro-independence CDR protesters cutting the AP-7 highway on December 10, 2018 (by Mar Rovira)

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