Spanish leaders’ Barcelona visit sparks protests

Dec 21, 2018, 4:52 AM EST
(Source: Sasha Popovic/flickr)
(Source: Sasha Popovic/flickr)

Catalonia’s pro-independence demonstrators took to streets on Thursday, protesting a meeting between Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Catalan President Quim Torra in the capital Barcelona.

The visit, aimed at defusing the tensions between Madrid and the Catalan region, comes a year after the Spanish government jailed the region’s leaders over secession attempts and held snap elections, notes the BBC. Many separatist groups view the timing of the dialogue as a provocation.

The meeting between the two leaders was preceded by a lot of “political maneuvering” with Sanchez focused on steering the talks to the social and economic issues of Catalonia while pro-secession Torra pushed for the region’s independence to be on the agenda, reports Mail Online.