Protesters angry at prison sentences for leaders of Catalonia’s independence movement burnt photocopies of Spain’s basic law at a rally in Barcelona on Friday. The demonstration was held as the country marked the Day of the Spanish constitution.
Activists marched through the city with banners in support of jailed politicians and called for the region’s independence.
“It represents and defends the interests of the capitalists and leaders of post-Francoism. This is what this constitution represents. But the social and democratic values are not represented at all. That is why we are here, against that constitution,” said Felix Gonzalez, one of the protesters.
December 6 marks the anniversary of the 1978 referendum in which the current constitution was approved during Spain’s ‘transition’ after the death of dictator Francisco Franco.
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