Several hundred people took to the streets of Barcelona to commemorate the anniversary of the 2017 self-determination referendum following which the then Catalan government unilaterally declared the region’s independence. The mobilization began on October 1 with a special tribute to the activists of 2017 who made the ballot possible by hiding the ballot boxes at their homes. The following day, popular marches were organized throughout Catalonia. On October 3, the last day of the mobilization, a large demonstration took place on Barcelona’s main thoroughfare. RT went to meet the demonstrators.

“The will for independence is the same as before, I would even say that it has grown stronger, because during the last four years we have seen the repressive response from Spain and if anyone still had any doubts now he is convinced, ”explains a demonstrator.

A woman, who came with her husband and her two children, wants to be combative: “We come from a small village near Barcelona. […] we want to defend the future of our children and we cannot allow our rights to be trampled on. ”

A young man prefers to remain optimistic despite the difficulties encountered. “When the autumn days arrive, we remember the days of October 2017 and hope is more alive than ever,” he explains.

Former independence leader Carles Puigdemont arrived in Sardinia on October 3. He has undertaken to appear on October 4 before a judge in Sassari, in Sardinia, who will have to decide on his possible extradition to Spain, demanded loudly by the Spanish justice. Since this summer, negotiations have been underway between the Spanish government and the current leaders of the region to resolve “the Catalan problem”, negotiations which for the moment have not produced concrete results.

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