Spain: Barcelona residents react to Madrid’s banning of Catalan plenary meeting

Barcelona locals commented the Spanish constitutional court's decision to ban a plenary meeting of the Catalan parliament, scheduled for Monday, on the streets of the city on Friday. Joan Serra, resident of nearby Sant Cugat, said, «I think it was a bad decision by the Spanish government, mainly because all actions made so far by the Spanish government are just creating more pro-independence... Еще people.» Merce, a Barcelona resident, described the ban as «dreadful,» adding, «It's degrading what's happening, what they're doing.» However, Mercedes Cerna, Doctorate and Professor of Hispano-american Literature, justified the ban, saying «what's taking place is a coup d'etat, it's clearly a coup d'etat, therefore we need to enforce the law.» Catalonia held a referendum on October 1 to decide on the region's independence, however, the Spanish government deemed the action 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'. At least 893 people and 33 police officers were reportedly injured in violent confrontations between voters and Spanish police who attempted to stop Catalans from voting at polling stations.

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