In photos: 45,000 people march for Catalan independence in Brussels

Thousands of people took part in a pro-independence march for Catalonia
Some called on Europe to "wake up"
Carles Puigdemont also attended the march
A human pyramid was made at the march
A giant flag was used in the demonstration
There was strong support for Carles Puigdemont
Some danced in the street as a part of the march

Scroll through the gallery to see photos of the march

Friday, December 8, 2017

Roughly 45,000 people took part in a protest in Brussels, calling on the EU to support Catalan independence.

The event, which took place yesterday (December 7), showed solidarity with ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.

The march went from a park near the Berlaymont building, which is the European Commission's headquarters, and then on through the city.

Despite poor weather many proudly waved Catalan flags and chanted "wake up Europe," according to The Independent.

There were also a number of banners which read "shame on you". The banners were apparently aimed at the EU, which has publicly backed the Madrid government.

The protest was peaceful but it was manned by both Belgian police and armed soldiers, although this is common to see in the city.

Take a look at photos of the protest in the gallery above