Pro-independence supporters ready to “defend the Parliament”
Citizens circle the Catalan chamber amid fears that Spanish police could break in to stop the independence declaration
Pro-independence supporters in Catalonia are set to take to the streets on Friday in yet another crucial push in support of their political leaders. All eyes are set on two chambers: the Catalan Parliament, where lawmakers will vote on a declaration of independence, and the Spanish Senate, which will authorize president Mariano Rajoy to impose direct rule in the region.
Citizens are already surrounding the Catalan chamber in Barcelona amid fears that Spanish police could break into the Parliament to hamper the independence declaration. Still, it is not clear when the first move from Madrid will come once the Spanish government is authorized to suspend self-rule in Catalonia.
“Today, we the people are defending the Parliament”
Francesc Cera · Catalan National Assembly
“Today, we the people are defending the Parliament”, said Francesc Cera, the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) mobilization coordinator. “Obviously, we will never be able to face a police corps, but it will be a symbol that people are here defending our institutions.”
ANC, along with Òmnium Cultural, are the two main pro-independence civil society organizations in Catalonia. They have had a crucial role in making sure that independence supporters stay mobilized since the push started nearly seven years ago.
The presidents of ANC and Òmnium, Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, have been in prison in Madrid since October 16. They face charges of sedition and are awaiting trial for allegedly playing a key role in demonstrations that took place in the run-up to the October 1 independence referendum.