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:
Many locals see themselves as both Catalan and Spanish and don't support the recent push for independence.
Some protesters shook hands and even hugged police, in stark contrast to pro-independence scenes last week
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