24 Mar, 2018 @ 10:33
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Protests erupt in Spain after Supreme Court rules 25 Catalunya leaders to be tried for rebellion – with some facing 30 years behind bars

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People hold Catalan flags and placards during a protest against the arrest of two Catalan separatist leaders, outside the Spain's embassy in Perpignan, on October 17, 2017, Catalonia braced for protests after a judge ordered the detention of two powerful separatist leaders, further inflaming tensions in the crisis over the Spanish region's chaotic independence referendum. / AFP PHOTO / RAYMOND ROIG

PROTESTORS hit the street Barcelona last night after the Supreme Court announced it would be stepping up its legal action against separatists. 

It ruled that some 25 Catalan leaders should be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state – with convictions resulting in up to 30 years in prison.

More than 20 locals were injured after police used riot batons on the crowds.

Demonstrations also took place in other parts of the region.

A Supreme Court judge ordered five more Catalunya leaders be detained without bail for their help in organising the ‘illegal’ referendum last year.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Add today’s news of the arrest of Puigdemont in Germany, and we now have the unedifying spectacle of Rajoy doing a Franco and jailing his political opponents. This is Spanish democracy? Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of Catalan independence, there is no place in modern Europe for such creepy tactics.

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