Thou­sands rally in push for peace

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - News -

Thou­sands of Cata­lans turned the streets of Barcelona white yes­ter­day with bal­loons, flags and cloth­ing to call for a peace­ful set­tle­ment to the in­de­pen­dence cri­sis.

Mean­while, in Madrid a mas­sive demon­stra­tion in sup­port of Spain turned the city into a sea of yel­low and red flags.

Both sides at­tempted to calm ten­sions ahead of Tues­day’s ex­pected uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence by the Cata­lan gov­ern­ment.

Busi­ness min­is­ter Santi Vila yes­ter­day called for a “cease­fire” with Spain.

Mean­while, the Span­ish gov­ern­ment apol­o­gised for po­lice vi­o­lence and sug­gested that new elec­tions in Cat­alo­nia might be a way to heal the rift.

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