Eighty people wearing white suits and masks remove yellow ribbons in Catalonia
A group of around 80 people took to the streets of a town in Catalonia last night to take down yellow ribbons and other symbols that represent support for the release of pro-independence politicians from pre-trial custody. Wearing white suits, goggles and masks, the group – who call themselves on social media the “Brigades to clean yellow ribbons and ready to free Catalonia from the pro-Independence movement – met up at around 11pm in Cabrera de Mar (Maresme), and arrived in La Bisbal d’Empordà (Barcelona province) at around 2am. An illegal referendum on secession from Spain was held on October 1, and a unilateral declaration of independence was passed through the regional government at the end of that month. In response, the Spanish government used Article 155 of the Constitution to suspend the region’s autonomous powers, and sacked the government.