Cata­lans in call for free­dom

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

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

The ral ly’s g rass­roots 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 roles in pro­mot­ing an i l le­gal dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence last month.

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

Spain’s con­sti­tu­tion says the na­tion is “in­di­vis­i­ble” and that ques­tions of sovereignty per tain to the nat ional par­lia­ment in Madrid.

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