Catalonia's 'silent majority' just protested for national unity in Spain -- here's what it looked like

This weekend pro-unity protests erupted across Spain in response to Catalonia’s push for independence.

More than 50 events rallies occurred across the country on Saturday, while Sunday saw 350,000 people flood the streets of Barcelona in an anti-independence march.

The Spanish region of Catalonia held an independence referendum on October 1, where 90% of more than 2 million voters supported independence. The Spanish government considers the vote illegal and sent in police who used batons and rubber bullets to stop voters.

In response to police brutality, many Catalans went on strike on October 3, closing schools, universities and even public transport, and protested in the streets of Barcelona.

Sunday’s counter-protest came just two days before Catalonia’s separatist government plans to announce independence on October 10.

Here’s what it looked like:

Catalonia, which includes the capital of Barcelona, is home to more than 7.5 million people.

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Many locals see themselves as both Catalan and Spanish and don't support the recent push for independence.

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Some even consider themselves to be the region's silent majority.

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So on Sunday the Societat Civil Catalana organised a pro-unity rally in Barcelona.

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Police estimate 350,000 people attended the protest - many waving both Catalan and Spanish flags.

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Protestors also hung Spanish flags from their balcony and cheered on the marchers below.

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Protesters carried banners saying 'Stronger Together', 'Let's Talk' and 'Calxit'.

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Some protesters shook hands and even hugged police, in stark contrast to pro-independence scenes last week

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Even police vans were decorated with Catalan and Spanish flags.

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Crowds were addressed by Nobel prize-winning, Peruvian-born novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Pro-unity Catalans are hoping to improve dialogue between the governments of Spain and Catalonia.

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Both the Catalan government and the Spanish King will be making announcements on Tuesday, October 10.

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