The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, entered the seventh day of protests on Sunday.
Spain’s acting prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, is expected in Barcelona on Monday to visit police officers injured. Clashes between protesters and police have injured 288 police officers and led to the arrest of 194 people, Spain’s acting interior minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, told reporters on Sunday.
Over the weekend, Sanchez called on the Catalan President, Quim Torra to “strongly condemn the violence,” and asking him to take the lead in rebuilding coexistence. Torra says that the violence noticed does not reflect the peaceful nature of the traditional Catalan independence movement and requested negotiations with Madrid.
More than half a million protesters take to the street calling for the release of “political prisoners,” that is, the leadership of the pro-independence Catalan movement. Nine independence leaders will serve up to 13-years in prison.
The Catalan health minister Alba Vergés, say four people have been blinded in one eye during unrest and, overall, 14 people have been hospitalized due to the injuries they have sustained, including one police officer who remains in a critical condition at Barcelona’s Hospital de Sant Pau.
Meanwhile, the Spanish High Court ordered police forces to close down webpages and social network accounts belonging to the “Tsunami Democràtic” movement on Friday. The website contributes to the coordination of the movement. Spanish authorities are unable to block websites whose domains are outside Spain.
Perhaps more significantly, judge García-Castllón has opened a probe on allegations of terrorism against members of the so-called Committees in the Defense of the Republic (CDR), following a number of arrests on September 23.