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Protesters camping out in center of Barcelona expect 'tense' week

Campout participants reinforce tents against strong winds, hold talks and workshops, and make paella

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03 November 2019 03:59 PM

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ACN|Barcelona

The young protesters camping out at Barcelona's central Plaça Universitat square to show their discontent with the Supreme Court sentence sending 9 pro-independence leaders to prison for sedition expect a "tense" week as they fear they may be forcefully removed from the site.

The campout's fifth day has seen strong winds threaten to blow many of the tents away, for which many campers have reinforced them with heavy bottles of water holding them down or by tying them to the surrounding trees.

On Sunday, many of the protesters ate a large paella lunch cooked on-site, as well as participated in talks and workshops, including one on how to build human towers known as 'castellers'.

Pau, one of the participants, explains that hope more people will join them: "We want more people to come to make us stronger. There are many of us here, but many of us are very young and have to study. We'll take turns, but the more people there are the better."

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  • Protest camp set up in Barcelona's Plaça Universitat square (by Laura Fíguls)

  • Protest camp set up in Barcelona's Plaça Universitat square (by Laura Fíguls)

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