Spain's King Felipe got a frosty reception from Catalan separatists in Barcelona

By On February 26, 2018

Spain's King Felipe got a frosty reception from Catalan separatists in Barcelona

Spain’s King Felipe arrived in Catalonia’s capital for the first time since October’s illegal independence referendum, and separatists gave him a hostile reception.

Supporters of Catalan independence took to the streets and balconies of Barcelona on Sunday to chant anti-monarchist slogans and bang pots in a symbol of rebellion toward direct rule from Madrid. Spain’s central government had suspended Catalonia’s autonomy in the wake of last year’s unsuccessful push for independence for the region.

Scuffles broke out between protesters and riot police on Sunday.

Ada Colau, Barcelona’s left-wing mayor, and Roger Torrent, the speaker of the Catalan regional parliament, boycotted an official reception for the king. Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside and formed a symbolic yellow ribbon around the building to highlight the detention of pro-indep endence leaders. In the wake of the independence referendum, which proceeded despite having been ruled illegal by a Spanish court, a number of Catalan lawmakers were detained and charged with treason.

Colau announced on Saturday that she would avoid the official reception in protest at King Felipe’s support for the Madrid government’s crackdown on the separatist movement.

Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain

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