Practically instantaneous protest against the arrest of Carles Puigdemont. Some 400 people have cut off the Diagonal avenue of Barcelona since 9 a.m. this Friday, at the height of Aribau street, to show their rejection that the former president of the Generalitat was detained this Thursday by the Italian police in Sardinia and made available to court .
Shortly after the news was known, the ANC summoned its followers to protest early in the morning before the Italian consulate in the Catalan capital. The Mossos have shielded the surroundings and prevented the passage of a group of people considering that they could generate disturbances, so the concentration has been directed towards Diagonal avenue, which has been intermittently cut off for several moments.
The influx of protesters has been constant from the first hour. Many of those summoned wear ‘stelades’ and chant slogans such as ‘Independence’, ‘Shame’, ‘Puigdemont, our president’ and ‘1-O, I do not forget or forgive’.
One of the participants in the concentration has been the vice president of the Government, Jordi Puigneró, from Junts, who has exhibited the arrest of Puigdemont as proof of his misgivings before the dialogue table between the Government and the Generalitat. “We were skeptical of the dialogue table and time is proving us right,” he assured. For his part, the president of the Generalitat Pere Aragonès has summoned all the members of the Government this morning for an emergency meeting.
Members of the three pro-independence parties have also attended the rally, and on the part of Junts they have attended, in addition to Puigneró; the president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs; the Minister of Economy, Jaume Giró; the Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, and the former minister and vice president of Junts, Jordi Turull, who was received with applause from those present.
From ERC, the first vice president of the Parliament, Alba Vergés; the deputy in Parliament Jenn Díaz; the senator and deputy secretary general of Political Action, Sara Bailac; the Deputy Secretary General for Communication and Strategy, Oriol Lladó, and the president of the Barcelona regional federation, Gerard Gómez del Moral.
And on the part of the CUP, in the protest are the deputies in the Parliament Dolors Sabater and Carles Riera, among other members of the anti-capitalists.