Chants of “Puigdemont out” echoed around Placa St Jaume following the march of pro Spanish unity supporters in Barcelona yesterday. Estimates range from 300,000 up to 1.1 million and for sure the city centre was completely full.
Monday morning had been forecast to be a day of conflict as Madrid installed its only civil servants to take over the roles left vacant after the firing of the Catalan ministers on Friday. However, press reports indicate Madrid will take a softly-softly approach not wanting a repeat of the violent images broadcast following the illegal vote on the 1st of October.
So if you were preparing yourself to be a human shield. No need today.