Rally over jailed Cat­alo­nian sep­a­ratists

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - WORLDWIDE -

Thou­sands of peo­ple back­ing Cat­alo­nia’s bid to se­cede from Spain are stag­ing a rally in Barcelona to de­mand the re­lease of jailed sep­a­ratist lead­ers.

The rally’s grass­roots or­gan­is­ers are call­ing for 10 prom­i­nent mem­bers of the se­ces­sion­ist move­ment in the north-east­ern Span­ish re­gion to be freed from prison.

Eight for­mer mem­bers of Cat­alo­nia’s dis­solved Cabi­net and two ac­tivists are in jail while in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue into their al­leged roles in pro­mot­ing an il­le­gal dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence last month.

Polls show that Cat­alo­nia’s 7.5 mil­lion res­i­dents are roughly split over re­main­ing a part of Spain.

Spain’s con­sti­tu­tion says the na­tion is “in­di­vis­i­ble” and that ques­tions of na­tional sovereignty per­tain to the na­tional par­lia­ment in Madrid.

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