The pro-independence Catalan movement has been organizing itself with the help messaging apps. Apps like Telegram ensure anonymity, but that also makes it hard for organizers to judge who is actually getting involved.
Pro-independence protesters in Catalonia have blocked a major highway between France and Spain, halting traffic in both directions. The campaign group Democratic Tsunami urged its supporters to gather there.
The independence issue took center stage as Spain's leading politicians debated the Catalan separatist movement ahead of Sunday's vote. At the same time, Spanish King Felipe VI faced protests while visiting Barcelona.
The violent unrest in Barcelona is the first major incident since the city was rocked by days of rioting. Earlier, 350,000 independence supporters rallied peacefully in the regional capital.
Spanish unity supporters are demonstrating in Barcelona. The demonstration comes after days of protests by Catalan separatists.
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