Huge pro-Catalan rally staged in Madrid


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Tens of 1000’s of supporters of Catalan independence have rallied in Spain’s capital Madrid in protest at an ongoing trial of 12 separatist leaders.

Many waved Catalan flags and had placards studying “Self-determination is just not against the law”.

Protest organisers mentioned 120,000 individuals marched in Madrid. Spanish police put the quantity at simply 18,000.

The separatist leaders of Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid face insurrection and sedition prices.

If convicted, some may resist 25 years in jail.

What was Saturday’s protest?

The rally was organised by greater than 60 civil society teams from throughout Spain.

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Portraits of the Catalan leaders at the moment being on trial have been displayed on banners

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Catalonia’s regional authorities president Quim Torra (proper) and his predecessor Artur Mas (left) have been on the rally

A whole bunch of buses have been laid on to convey demonstrators to Madrid from Catalonia and different areas.

The protesters then marched from the Atocha prepare station to the Plaza de Cibeles.

There have been no stories of any violence.

What is the background to this?

The semi-autonomous north-eastern area of Catalonia held an independence referendum on 1 October 2017, and declared its independence from Spain weeks later.

Spanish authorities later declared the Catalan vote unlawful, and the nationwide authorities imposed direct rule.

Spain’s 1978 structure speaks of “the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation”.

The Catalonia disaster is taken into account essentially the most severe to hit Spain for the reason that period of fascist dictator Francisco Franco, who died in 1975.

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