This article originally appeared on VICE Spain
On Sunday the 29th of October, two days after the Catalan government declared independence from Spain, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona to protest that decision, and publicly support Spanish unity. According to the organisers, the Societat Civil Catalana (SCC), more than a million people attended the demonstration, though local police authorities say the number was closer to 300,000.
The decision by Catalonia's parliament to officially break away from Spain on Friday, came three weeks after thousands of Catalans voted in an independence referendum – a vote both the Spanish government and a Spanish court ruled unconstitutional. In response to last Friday's independence declaration, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy announced on Saturday that Catalonia would be stripped of its autonomous status, and Spain's Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, would take charge of the region – replacing Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.
Sunday's march in Barcelona's popular Passeig de Gràcia avenue was the latest in a series of both pro-union and pro-independence protests that have taken place across Spain since the referendum. Photographer Felipe Carnotto documented the day and spoke to a few protesters about their worries for the future of Spain.
Scroll down to see more photos from Sunday's pro-union march in Barcelona.