The police estimated that at least 525,000 turned up in the center of Barcelona an hour after the rally officially started, El Pais reports citing law enforcement.
The unions behind the action earlier said that they were expecting one million to attend. “Independence,” “The streets will be ours” and “Freedom to political prisoners” were among the chants heard at the massive gathering.
The rally continued more or less peacefully for a few hours, but was eventually marred by more serious violence as some of the protesters started building barricades and setting garbage containers on fire.
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