Thousands of pro-independence Catalans rally in Brussels

Tens of thousands of people from Catalonia are rallying in Brussels to complain about what they see as the European Union’s failure to help them following a failed independence referendum in the Spanish region.

Brussels police said that around 45,000 people attended the rally, which comes just two weeks before regional elections in Catalonia.

Singing and chanting slogans, the throng marched around the EU’s main institutions, some draped in flags or carrying signs with "Shame on You" stamped over an EU flag.

Thousands of Pro-Catalan supporters rallied in Brussels today, two weeks before Spanish regional elections. Picture: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four ex-Catalan government cabinet members came to Brussels after the referendum fearing arrest.

Many Catalans are pro-European, yet feel let down by the bloc’s failure to mediate their conflict with Madrid.


Related Articles

Theresa May backs Spanish PM over handling of Catalonia crisis

Spanish judge withdraws arrest warrant for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont

Campaigning begins in Catalan in election as four separatists kept in jail

Ousted Catalan vice-president remains in custody as regional poll approaches

More in this Section

Australia-based man charged with brokering North Korea missile sales

Russia probe 'obtains thousands of Donald Trump transition emails'

Tony Blair indicates stopping Brexit more important than Labour election win in UK

California wildfire continues to spread as firefighters mourn colleague’s death


 

Join the conversation - comment here

House rules for comments - FAQ

 

Lifestyle

Review: N.E.R.D - No One Ever Really Dies: Their finest album to date

Everyone's mad at Google - Sundar Pichai has to fix it

Scenes from the analogue city - Memories of Limerick from the late 80s and early 90s

Ask Audrey: 'I heard that Viagra fumes from Pfizer’s were causing stiffys below in Ringaskiddy'

More From The Irish Examiner