Thousands of anti-independence protesters lined the streets of Barcelona on Sunday, cheering the Spanish government's implementation of Article 155, and the impending Catalan regional elections on December 21st. President of the People's Party of Catalonia (Partido Popular de Catalunya), Xavier Garcia Albiol, stated that, «Today is a very important day. Today we're in the post-process phase... Еще. There is a reality of those Catalans' feelings and also Spaniards have to be aware of them.» Tensions have flared in Spain following the Catalan declaration of independence and Madrid's decision to impose direct rule over Catalonia. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has since dissolved the government of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and has called for fresh elections.