Third day of demonstrations in support of Ukraine in Catalonia

Hundreds of people gathered in Plaça Catalunya in the center of Barcelona to denounce Russian invasion

Ukrainian demonstrators gather in Plaça Catalunya (by Cillian Shields)
Ukrainian demonstrators gather in Plaça Catalunya (by Cillian Shields) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

February 26, 2022 11:56 AM

Hundreds of people have gathered in the center of Barcelona for the third consecutive day of demonstrations to denounce the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

The protest began at 12 at Plaça Catalunya. Another demonstration is scheduled for the same time in the same place on Sunday as well. 

Demonstrators chanted anti-Putin slogans, called for strong sanctions against Russia, and warned "Today Ukraine, tomorrow Europe."

They urged Europe to react to the Russian "aggression," specifically calling for a no-fly zone to be declared and for Russia to be banned from the Swift international payment system. 

Emotions were strong from the beginning of the gathering, with angry chanting and one protester screaming in tears.

There was also an air of defiance among the group, with many chants of 'Slava Ukraini' ("Glory to Ukraine"). the country's national salute. The group also sang the Ukrainian national anthem on a number of occasions as well as various folk songs. 

Shortly after 1 pm the group started making its way down La Rambla toward Plaça Sant Jaume, where some plan to camp overnight, emulating the Maidan protests seen in Ukraine in 2014.

Protests first began outside the Russian consulate on Thursday morning, just hours after Vladimir Putin’s forces first began their invasion. 

Later demonstrations took place in the city center and in both locations again on Friday