500 students participate in pro-independence march through Barcelona on second day of camp protest
Union of Students backs 48-hour strike to bring Catalonia to "standstill"
On Thursday, 500 students – many of them still in secondary school – took to the streets of central Barcelona in a pro-independence march beginning at Plaça Universitat square, where some 200 people have also begun an indefinite protest camp, to Plaça Sant Jaume, where the Catalan government and city council headquarters are located.
Many of the students participating in the demonstration are also participating in the 48-hour strike backed by the Union of Students aiming to bring Catalonia to a "standstill."
At the demonstration for "a workers' and youth's republic," there were many chants in favor of independence, against the imprisonment of 9 Catalan leaders for sedition, as well as against "repression" and "police violence."
Student spokesperson Coral Latorre also complained of the "campaign of criminalization" as well as of "slander and false information" that young people who have participated in protests following the Supreme Court's announcement of the verdict for the pro-independence leaders have faced.