Several thousand people demonstrate in Barcelona to celebrate 12-O
Several thousand people, 2,200 according to the Guàrdia Urbana and 50,000 according to the organization, have demonstrated this Wednesday on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona to commemorate October 12.
Under the slogan "More Spain, more Spanish", the platform Catalonia Suma por España has brought together the leaders of the main constitutionalist parties in Catalonia, Vox, Cs and PPC, with the absence of the PSC, who have carried the banner that led the March.
The demonstration began after 11:30 a.m. at the intersection between Passeig de Gràcia and Provença, in front of La Pedrera, where the leaders in Catalonia of Vox, Cs and PPC have offered statements to the press.
The general secretary of Vox, Ignacio Garriga, has accused the PP and the PSOE of having "collaborated" with the independence movement to "neutralize the feeling of Spanishness of thousands of Catalans", although "they have not succeeded".
On the part of the PPC, its leader in Catalonia, Alejandro Fernández, has assured that "Hispanidad is freedom, it is the Constitution, it is democracy."
And the leader of Cs in Parliament, Carlos Carrizosa, has lamented the absence of the PSC in the demonstration, at the same time that he has said he has no problems with the presence of Vox.
For her part, the leader of Valents, the refoundation of the Barcelona pel Canvi brand created by Manuel Valls, Eva Parera, has called for "more presence of the State in Catalonia", with "judges, educational inspectors" and members of the National Police and the Civil Guard, as well as that it be held next year on 12-O in Barcelona.
With a festive tone and without notable incidents, the demonstration has traveled the entire Paseo de Gràcia to Plaça Catalunya, and along the way the demonstrators have raised numerous Spanish flags, and chants have been uttered against the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, as well as as against the former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont.
In the Vox block, party supporters have displayed posters with the slogan "Sánchez, traitor" or "Spain does not vote, it defends itself."
Ciudadanos, for its part, brought a 51-metre-long Spanish flag to the demonstration, which it has displayed on previous occasions, this time along Passeig de Gràcia.
The demonstration ended in Plaça Catalunya, where two young people from the "Espanoles de a pie" collective have read the manifesto of the organizing entities of the march, in which they denounce "the contempt carried out by the Catalan regional administration against Spain and its symbols", while demanding that the Generalitat "renounce its supremacist and fanatical positions".
The president of Catalonia Suma, Javier Megino, has called for "more presence of Spain in Catalonia": "We are Spanish and we have to show it with all the pride in the world," he said.
The Catalan Civil Society (SCC), Spain and Catalans, Espanolas de a pie, It's over!, Los de Artós, Hablamos Español, the Assembly for a Bilingual School, Impulso Ciudadano and the police union have joined the call for Catalonia Suma. Jusapol, among other entities.
Previously, in statements to the press in front of La Pedrera, Megino has assured that October 12 is, in his opinion, "the true day of the national holiday of the Catalans", while he has been "proud" to join " green, blue and orange” in an event that “belongs to all Spaniards”.
Along the route, several folk groups from Latin American countries have performed typical regional dances, while at the head flags of all the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America, as well as all the autonomous communities of the State, have been displayed.