Students Occupy Barcelona University to Support Catalonia’s Secession From Spain

Students shout slogans supporting the Oct. 1 vote during a protest inside the public Barcelona University, Spain Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Around two thousand students have gathered around and inside one of Barcelona’s main universities calling to end the crackdown on a referendum on Catalonia’s secession that has met a fierce opposition by Spanish central authorities. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spanish media report that several hundred students have spent the night inside a Barcelona university to protest the government’s efforts to stop a referendum over Catalonia’s secession from the country.

The protesters have said on social media that pro-independence politicians are expected to give talks at Barcelona University on Saturday.

Jordi Vives, a spokesman for the students, told Catalan public television: “We are showing that as students we have a part to play and that for now we are staying put.”

The remaining students were hold-outs from a group of about 2,000 that gathered in and around the university Friday. Several hundred occupied a central cloister near the offices of the dean and other university managers.

Spain’s Constitutional Court has suspended the Oct. 1 vote while judges assess its legality.

SOURCE: The Associated Press