Mas­sive March in Barcelona Against Jail­ing of Sep­a­ratist Lead­ers


BARCELONA (Dis­patches) - Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple marched in Barcelona on Sun­day to protest the jail­ing of nine Cata­lan sep­a­ratist lead­ers fac­ing trial on “re­bel­lion” charges.

Chant­ing “Free­dom for the po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers”, they marched along Par­al­lel Av­enue, a main thor­ough­fare, many wav­ing the red-and-yel­low Cata­lan flag. The protest comes six months after the first in­car­cer­a­tions of top Cata­lan sep­a­ratist lead­ers for mis­use of pub­lic funds, sedi­tion and re­bel­lion -- which car­ries a prison sen­tence of 30 years and im­plies that a “vi­o­lent up­ris­ing” took place -- over their sep­a­ratist push.

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