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NO DEMOCRACY: Riots hit Spain after Separatist Leaders JAILED for 13-years

SPANISH leaders 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.

Riot police charged at Catalan independence supporters in Barcelona’s El Prat airport.

The officers, equipped with riot gear, used batons and rubber balls in an attempt to disperse the protesters.

The crowd were answering a call made by Tsunami Democratic, a movement opposing the prison sentence handed down to Catalan leaders.

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.

Demonstrators were seen marching on to Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Sunday, to protest the jail sentences for the Catalan independence leaders. Footage shows protesters walking on the road, en route to the airport. Travellers can be seen trying to reach the facility by foot, as the traffic was disrupted.

According to local media, clashes broke out with the police as the crowd of demonstrators clustered around the entries to the airport.

Flights were reportedly cancelled as a result.

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