News in photo: Thousands rally for Spanish unity


Protesters hold Spanish flags during a demonstration called by “Societat Civil Catalana” (Catalan Civil Society) to support the unity of Spain on October 8, 2017 in Barcelona.
Ten of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators packed central Barcelona to rally against plans by separatist leaders to declare Catalonia independent following a banned secession referendum. Catalans calling themselves a “silent majority” opposed to leaving Spain broke their silence after a week of mounting anxiety over the country’s worst political crisis in a generation.
/ AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA

 

Protesters listen to Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa during a demonstration called by “Societat Civil Catalans” (Catalan Civil Society) to support the unity of Spain on October 8, 2017 in Barcelona.
Spain braced for more protests despite tentative signs that the sides may be seeking to defuse the crisis after Madrid offered a first apology to Catalans injured by police during their outlawed independence vote.
/ AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE