Thousands of Spaniards protest in Madrid the possible pardons to Catalonian independence advocates. Deputy Spanish Prime Minister Carmen Calvo had said that the move was "close" and had asked the People's Party "not to confront Catalonia". Polls show that 63% of Spanish citizens oppose the pardons as a threat to national unity and 25% support the pardons.
The nine pro-Catalonia independence politicians jailed earlier this week issue a joint plea for an end to violent protests across the region. Meanwhile, the Spanish government says it will meet protestors with a "firm, proportional and united" response.
The Government of Spain issues a statement acknowledging that there is "widespread and coordinated violence in Catalonia" and that its objective is "to guarantee security and coexistence [...] following its commitment of firmness, proportionality and unity".
Citizens in Latvia, Malta, Slovakia and the French overseas territories head to the polls to vote in the latest European Parliament election. Additionally, voting in the Czech Republic continues for the second day.