Thousands of pro-independence Catalans gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in Barcelona, where the grounds had been sealed off to the public and protected with armed guards, to listen to Carles Puigdemont's speech on Tuesday night, October 10.
The crowds filled the promenade of Arc de Triumph, where screens and speakers were erected to broadcast the speech.
Ironically, the street occupied by the independence supporters was named "Carrer de Lluis Companys." Lluis Companys
was the last leader to try to declare independence. He was later executed by General Francisco Franco. On Tuesday, October 10, Rajoy had threatened Puigdemont, warning him that he may end up like Lluis Companys.
Despite this threat, during his speech, Puigdemont said
that Catalonia had earned the right to independence, following the disputed referendum
on October 1.