Thousands protest to free Catalan leaders
Hundreds of thousands of people backing Catalonia’s bid to secede from Spain packed the streets in downtown Barcelona Saturday to demand the release of jailed separatist leaders.
The rally’s organizers called for 10 prominent members of the secessionist movement to be freed from prison.
Eight former members of Catalonia’s dissolved cabinet and two activists are in jail while Spanish authorities investigate their alleged roles in promoting a declaration of independence last month in violation of Spain’s Constitution.
“We want to tell the world that we want freedom for our prisoners and freedom for Catalonia,” Agusti Alcoberro, the vice president of grass-roots group National Catalan Assembly, told the crowd.