Thousands of Catalans took the streets of Brussels on Thursday (7 December) to assist their ousted leader Carles Puigdemont and demand the making of other Catalan leaders who continue in prison.
According in to the organisers, not less than 60.000 people taken part in the protest on the European quarters in Brussels. Law enforcement officers, who estimated at minimum 45.000 demonstrators, restricted access to the EU institutions.
The peaceful protesters, the majority of them carrying the pro-independence flag Estelada,? chanted “Freedom with the prisoners” and “Where is Europe?”, mainly because they passed by the European Commission’s Berlaymont building.
They also shouted “Puigdemont president” to Marta Rovira and Gabriel Rufin, men and women in the other pro-independence party ERC, has refused to join Puigdemont’s list for any upcoming snap elections in Catalonia on 21 December.
“We reached give the step to Europe, we don’t expect any response with the European side”, Rovira told reporters.
“We prefer to show tips on how to exercise democracy in the center of Europe, based, with tolerance. We expect this is also a way to build Europe”, she added.
Oriol Junqueras, the first choice of ERC who had been the vice-president in your Catalan government, remains imprisonment. Meanwhile, Puigdemont’s extradition order initially issued by Spanish authorities was withdrawn this week. The former president also attended the demonstration.
Both these are fighting being the strongest figure throughout the secessionist camp.? Although Junqueras’ ERC is leading in your polls (with support around 20%), the demonstration served to signify that the Catalans still prefer Puigdemont as president.
Still, ‘Ciudadanos’ (a liberal party against moving away from Spain) might come first within the elections, according to a poll published on Monday by?the Centre for Sociological Research, a Spanish public institution.
The dismissed government additionally, the leaders from the Parliament face various charges, including rebellion and sedition, right after they unilaterally proclaimed an independent republic of Catalonia on 27 October.
Demonstrators requested Spain’s central government to respect the results of the vote, seen by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as a solution to end the so-called procs, Catalonia’s independence bid.
The colourful march also included various sets of ‘castells’ who built their human towers as protesters gathered in Parc du Cinquantenaire to start with their march.