Widespread protests in Spain’s Catalonia after pro-independence officials were sentenced to harsh prison terms, and Hong Kong held a “Hong Kong-Catalonia Solidarity Rally” at Chater Garden in Central, last night, 3000 people attended. At the same time in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, hundreds of people gathered outside the local Chinese consulate to support the Hong Kong protest movement.
Ernie Chow, co-organiser of the Hong Kong rally, said, solidarity is the only way against authoritarianism, including uniting the people who have been suppressed in other countries. Many Catalans attended the rally and believe that Catalans and Hong Kong people are currently facing similar adversities such as police brutality and undemocratic regimes. They are very surprised and moved by the support of the large number of Hong Kong people, saying that the two governments claim to be democratic, but actually behaving anti-democratically.
At the Hong Kong rally, many Catalan flags were flying. At the end, the protesters lit up their phones to show the colour of the Catalan flag. A large number of protesters at the Catalan rally held placards with “Free Hong Kong, Revolution of the Time” in Chinese (inset top right image is a screencap of video of The Stand News); the two cities supported each other.