Jailed Catalan secession activist Jordi Sanchez to run in election

Sanchez and another secessionist activist were jailed provisionally Oct 16 for sedition for their alleged roles in a secession-related protest that trashed police vehicles in September.

By: AP | Barcelona | Published: November 16, 2017 10:19 pm
Catalonia independence demonstrators participating in rally against Spanish government A protester holds a banner depicting the jailed leaders of Catalan pro-independence movements ANC (Catalan National Assembly) and Omnium Cutural, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, as he gathers in Sant Jaume square at a demonstration during a partial regional strike in Barcelona, Spain, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea 

The jailed leader of the main grassroots group pushing for Catalonia to secede from Spain has resigned his post and will run as a candidate in Dec. 21 regional election. The Catalan National Assembly says Jordi Sanchez will be a candidate in the list headed by fugitive Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is facing extradition back to Spain from Belgium along with four members of his ousted Catalan cabinet.

Sanchez and another secessionist activist were jailed provisionally Oct 16 for sedition for their alleged roles in a secession-related protest that trashed police vehicles in September.

Sanchez, 53, can run unless he is convicted. Spain called the election after seizing control of Catalonia when local lawmakers declared the region’s independence on Oct. 27.

Eight ex-Catalan cabinet members have also been jailed provisionally.

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