Spain's King Felipe got a frosty reception from Catalan separatists in Barcelona
Spainâs King Felipe arrived in Cataloniaâs capital for the first time since Octoberâs 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. Spainâs central government had suspended Cataloniaâs autonomy in the wake of last yearâs unsuccessful push for independence for the region.
Scuffles broke out between protesters and riot police on Sunday.
Ada Colau, Barcelonaâs 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 Felipeâs support for the Madrid governmentâs crackdown on the separatist movement.Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain