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WorldTrial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests

11:50  12 february  2019
11:50  12 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

'I'm a political prisoner', Catalan separatist leader tells court

'I'm a political prisoner', Catalan separatist leader tells court Former Catalan deputy leader Oriol Junqueras, standing trial in Madrid for rebellion, said on Thursday he was a political prisoner and insisted his region had the right to secede from Spain. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Junqueras is the most prominent of 12 Catalan leaders being tried at the Supreme Court since Tuesday over a failed independence bid in 2017, in a landmark case that has laid bare deep social divisions and triggered Spain's biggest political crisis in decades.

The trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders in Madrid is of “paramount importance to Spain’s reputation as a modern democracy”, the Spanish ambassador to London, Carlos Bastarreche, has said in a rare public intervention The trial of the 12, nine of whom are accused of rebellion, begins on Tuesday.

Protesters in Madrid call for their prime minister to resign - video. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Sunday to protest against the government’s handling of the Catalan question, as The protest came two days before the beginning of the trial of separatist leaders behind the

Trial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests © The Associated Press Journalists wait outside the Spanish Supreme Court in Madrid, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Spain is bracing for the nation's most sensitive trial in four decades of democracy this week, with a dozen Catalan separatists facing charges including rebellion over a failed secession bid in 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

MADRID — Protesters have blocked highways in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia, as the trial of separatist leaders gets underway in the country's Supreme Court in Madrid.

Tuesday's protests, which have also led authorities to close off some main roads in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, were timed with the start of arguably Spain's most consequential trial in four decades of democracy.

Twelve defendants are being tried for their roles in pushing ahead with a unilateral independence declaration based on the results of a secession referendum that ignored a constitutional ban. Some face decades in prison if they are found guilty of rebellion.

The proceedings are being broadcast live on television.

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