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Thousands demand release of jailed separatists in Barcelona

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.

By: AP | Barcelona |
November 11, 2017 10:32:05 pm
catalonia leaders jailed, protest for release of jailed catalonia leaders, Catalonia independence movement, catalonia referendum, world news, indian express news Protesters hold banners saying “Freedom” during a demonstration called by pro-independence associations asking for the release of jailed Catalan activists and leaders, in Barcelona, Spain, November 11, 2017. (Source: REUTERS) 

Thousands of people backing Catalonia’s bid to secede from Spain are rallying in downtown Barcelona to demand the release of jailed separatist leaders. The rally’s grassroots organizers are calling for 10 prominent members of the secessionist movement in the northeastern 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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