The AP-7 motorway at the border with France remains blocked in both directions after the Tsunami Democràtic group of Catalan activists occupied the road near La Jonquera on Monday morning.
They have also constructed a stage in the middle of the motorway, and one of Catalonia’s most famous singer-songwriters, Lluís Llach, has already performed.
Llach’s most famous song, ‘L’Estaca’, has become the unofficial anthem of the Catalan independence movement. He was also a member of the Catalan Parliament from September 2015 until January 2018.
The anonymous group of ‘Tsunami’ activists have said that blocking the AP-7 motorway is planned to be a three day protest – and something they had previously warned would be their ‘most ambitious’ action to date.
Following immediately on from yesterday’s inconclusive general election results, it is the latest protest action by the activists to put pressure on Madrid authorities to negotiate a political solution for the Catalan crisis and demand the release of imprisoned pro-independence leaders.
During Monday, they have called on people to go to the blocked border point, stating on Twitter that the goal is to call upon the international community ‘to make the Spanish state understand that the only way is to sit down to talk’.
‘Today we start a new way of protest, using technology to defend rights and collective freedom, instead of repression and control,’ said one of the group’s many Tweets, posted in English.