Organisers plan Llangefni rally for Catalonia

Protesters will meet in Llangefni this weekend for a solidarity rally in the wake of the Catalan independence referendum.

Two rallies were held in Caernarfon on Monday and Tuesday evening after more than 900 people were injured in violent clashes with police during Sunday’s vote. A soldiarity protest was also held in Bangor ahead of the polls last month.

The referendum was declared illegal by Spain’s constitutional court and the central government. In a televised address on Tuesday evening, King Felipe VI said Catalan authorities had shown ”disrespect to the powers of the state” and left a ”fractured” society.

But the president of the autonomous region, Carles Puigdemont, said Catalonia would act within a matter of days to separate itself from Spain. Organisers claim over 90% of those who voted supported independence, although official results have yet to be released.

Plaid Cymru MP, Hywel Williams, travelled to the region to observe the vote as part of a European delegation of politicians. The Arfon MP, who also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Catalonia has also secured a Westminster debate on the matter for next week.

The delegation said it was abhorred by the ”violence of the Spanish state”, ”the electronic sabotage deployed against the democratic vote and the removal of ballot boxes”. They added they were ”impressed by the patient, determined and non-violent behaviour of the huge number of people who voted”.

Organisers say the Llangefni rally will be held at 11am on Saturday morning.