Thousands of protesters, dissatisfied with recent large-scale raids by the Civil Guard on Catalan government officials, demonstrated in front of the Superior Court of Justice, on Barcelona's Passeig de Lluis Companys, Thursday. Protesters demanded the release of the officials arrested and waved Catalonian flags in support of independence. One protester Rosa Maria Marin said «I want to have a... Еще Catalan Republic, to liberate myself from the Spanish state. That was never my country». The raids happened yesterday ahead of an independence referendum which was scheduled to take place on the 1 October 2017. The Spanish Supreme Court has deemed the referendum illegal.