After a nationwide strike full of marches, protests and barricades, Barcelona woke up on Saturday with a strong smell of charred objects after a night in which the riot police harshly repressed pro-independence activists and leftover 180 people injured and 300 arrested.
In the downtown area of the Catalan capital, a country which decided by means of a referendum to become independent from Spain, pieces of cobblestones, broken glass, burnt tires and rubber bullet cartridges remained as vestiges of the clashes that took place between the citizens and state security forces.
The situation could remain the same in the short-term as pro-independence political organizations and social movements convened a new day of protests and a new massive rally which will begin at 6:00 P.M. (local time) at the Urquinaona Square.
One of them is Arran, a left-wing youth organization which called for the resignation of the regional Interior Minister Miquel Buch.
“Yesterday began a new journey of demonstrations and a night of extreme police violence. Today, we go out to the streets! Enough repression!,” Arran said and demanded the immediate release of political prisoners and detainees.