PRO-Democracy protesters in Barcelona set the streets alight tonight after clashing with Spanish Police following the jailing of pro-Democracy separatist leaders.
Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine independence leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison on sedition charges over their part in the region’s 2017 independence referendum.
Protesters marched chanting separatist songs, waved political banners with starred flags and set bins and chairs on fire on Barcelona’s Gran Via – one of the city’s most important streets where a blockade took place.
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Spanish police faced massive crowds of protesters in Barcelona on Monday night, in the wake of the Spanish Supreme Court sentencing Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in prison.
Police in riot gear were seen leaving after a standoff with the massive crowd, as thousands of protesters gathered in the streets of the Spanish capital. The protests were triggered by the Spanish Supreme Court’s decision to sentence former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras to 13 years in prison for his role in the 2017 secession attempt.
Junqueras was among nine Catalan independence leaders who were sentenced to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition for their part in the region’s failed 2017 independence bid, which captured headlines around the world.
This is a developing story.