Catalonia and its capital city, Barcelona, is one of the main travel, tourism and convention cities in Spain. Barcelona is in big trouble today and not a place to enjoy a sightseeing tour, even though it’s also one of the most tolerant cities in the EU.
Barcelona may not be part of the EU too much longer, and if it comes to a majority of their citizens, may not be a part of the Kingdom of Spain any longer. Catalonia and Barcelona recently had locals protesting against too many tourists, and now an aggressive independent movement is in full swing, where the leader of the region is facing 30 years in prison and the Spanish government stepping in to take control of the province declaring rule 155.
A mass demonstration of 450,000 people in Barcelona took place today. Protesters in Catalonia are currently building a human shield around any government building in Barcelona to protect Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, so he couldn’t be jailed for advocating independence. Further brutal clashes between separatists and the civil guard may be in the pipeline.
Mr. Puigdemont joined pro-independence Catalans who marched through Barcelona today as the region was left reeling after the Spanish government moved to take control of the region today.