Protests on vote anniversary
Groups of pro-independence Catalans blocked roads, motorways and a highspeed rail line in the region to mark the first anniversary of its unilateral and illegal independence referendum on 1 October. The activists, members of the grassroots, direct-action Committees for the Defence of the Republic, occupied streets in Barcelona and Lleida as well as the motorways to Madrid and France. They also tempoararily obstructed a train line.
Catalonia’s nationalist president, Quim Torra, made a symbolic visit to a polling station in the small town of Sant Julià de Ramis, where police prevented his predecessor Carles Puigdemont from voting last October.
In a video message released on Monday, Puigdemont said: “Let us not stray from the only possible way to live in a full democracy: the [Catalan] republic and its international recognition.”