Around 4,500 bikers rallied in the Montmelo Circuit in
Barcelona, Saturday, before taking to the streets of the city to show
their support for the Catalan independence movement. Organisers said a
total of 7,000 people attended the event, known as the 'Motorada per la
Independencia' (English: Motorada for Independence).
Motorada representative Olga Pelegri stressed the pacific nature
of the action, saying "we are here to gain independence, to gain our
freedom and we show it in a democratic way." Many of the participants
were holding the official Catalan flag and the Estelada flag, a symbol
of Catalan separatism.
Catalonia will hold a regional parliamentary election on
September 27, just months before the Spanish general election. The two
main parties in favour of independence - Convergencia Democratica de
Catalunya and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya - will not include a
joint list of candidates in this year's vote. Some people expressed solidarity with the Kurdish resistance in Syria too holding flags of the Kurdish militias YPG and YPJ.