During a mass rally in Barcelona on Sunday, protesters waved Spanish flags and called to lock up Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan president, after he declared independence from Spain.

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Nearly a million people attended a rally in support of Spain’s unity in Barcelona on Sunday, after Catalonia declared its independence unilaterally.

Many protesters waved Spanish flags and chanted “Viva España” (Long Live Spain) and “The streets are for everyone.” Some also called to put Carles Puigdemont, the president of the Catalan government, in prison.

19-year-old Marina Fernandez, a protester, told AFP, “I am furious over what they (the Catalans) are doing to the country that my grandparents helped build.”

Puigdemont on Saturday called for a “democratic, non-violent protest” in response to the central government in Madrid taking control of Catalonia after the unilateral move.

A poll published last week by the El Mundo daily found that 43.4% of Spanish voters support parties which oppose the Catalan independence, while 42.5% support parties that promote it.