Thousands of students took to the streets of Barcelona and other cities in Catalonia on Thursday to demand the right to vote in the referendum on independence slated for Sunday, which the central government wants to block.
A two-day strike by university students and teachers began in the morning and was widely observed, with two marches taking place in central Barcelona.“It’s just about putting a question to a people who, for a long time, have felt different from the rest of the country,” said Mar Cort, a fine-arts student who was outside Barcelona University, where the marches began.
“We want to separate from the Spanish government. The Spanish people aren’t to blame.”
The central government says the referendum was illegal and, along with the courts, it has been taking legal, financial and other measures to prevent it.
Fourteen arrests were made in regional government buildings last week, prompting the ongoing wave of protests. The …