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Sat Nov 11, 2017, 08:55 PM

 

Protesters flood Barcelona demanding release of separatist leaders

Source: Reuters

NOVEMBER 11, 2017 / 2:15 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Catalan independence supporters clogged one of Barcelona’s main avenues on Saturday to demand the release of separatist leaders held in prison for their roles in the region’s banned drive to split from Spain.

Wearing yellow ribbons on their lapels to signify support, they filled the length of the Avenue Marina that runs from the beach to Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia church, while the jailed leaders’ families made speeches.

Catalonia’s two main grassroots independence groups called the march, under the slogan “Freedom for the political prisoners,” after their leaders were remanded in custody on charges of sedition last month.

The protest is seen as a test of how the independence movement’s support has fared since the Catalan government declared independence on Oct. 27, prompting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to fire its members, dissolve the regional parliament and call new elections for December.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalona-protests/protesters-flood-barcelona-demanding-release-of-separatist-leaders-idUSKBN1DB0PW?il=0



Rajoy has badly mishandled the situation, reacting more like a Putin than a Western European leader.

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Sat Nov 11, 2017, 08:58 PM

1. They both mishandled the situation big time.

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Sun Nov 12, 2017, 12:39 AM

2. +1

 

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