World Spanish leader: 9 Catalan separatists will be pardoned
Spain's right rallies against plan to pardon Catalan separatists
Right-wing protesters hit the streets of Madrid on Sunday to denounce controversial Spanish government plans to offer pardons to the jailed Catalan separatists behind the failed 2017 independence bid. But hardline separatists, among them the JxCat party of ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont who fled Spain to avoid prosecution after the 2017 independence bid, have not given up on unilateralism, and have repeatedly demanded an amnesty for the prisoners -- which is not on the table.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Monday that the Spanish Cabinet will approve pardons for nine separatist Catalan politicians and activists imprisoned for their roles in the 2017 push to break away from Spain.
Sánchez made the announcement in Barcelona during a speech set to lay the roadmap for the future of the northeastern region before a few hundred civil society representatives. He said the Cabinet would approve the pardons on Tuesday.
Thousands protest against Spain's possible pardons for jailed Catalan leaders
Thousands protest against Spain's possible pardons for jailed Catalan leadersMADRID (Reuters) -Thousands of Spaniards protested in Madrid on Sunday against government plans to pardon 12 Catalan politicians who were convicted over the region's failed independence bid in 2017, a move the demonstrators see as a threat to national unity.
Twelve separatist leaders were convicted for sedition and other crimes and nine of them were handed lengthy prison terms after they pushed ahead with a banned secession referendum and declared independence a few days later based on its results. Most unionists boycotted the vote, which took place amid police violence to stop it.
Catalan leader plays down potential pardons for separatists, seeks referendum
Catalan leader plays down potential pardons for separatists, seeks referendumBARCELONA (Reuters) - A pardon for jailed Catalan separatist leaders would be a welcome "first step", but the path to resolving the region's political conflict with Madrid lies through talks on allowing a vote on independence, the head of the regional government said.
No prominent pro-independence supporters attended Sánchez’s speech at the Catalan regional capital's opera house. Outside the venue, an anti-establishment party and the main pro-independence civil society group were holding a protest.
“With this action, we materially get nine people out of prison, but we symbolically add millions and millions of people to coexistence,” Sánchez said in his speech, titled “Reunion: a project for the future of all Spain.”
“We are going to do it for the sake of agreement, we are going to do it wholeheartedly," he added.
Spain to pardon jailed Catalan separatist leaders on Tuesday
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his government would pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday as a first step towards ending the political conflict over the wealthy region. © LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images "Catalonia, Catalans we love you," Sanchez said in Catalan at the end of his address on Monday. As he spoke in Barcelona's opera house, several hundred separatists protested outside, demanding still more concessions, and one member of the audience interrupted him for a few seconds shouting "Independence.
The prime minister was interrupted by an activist who carried the unofficial pro-independence Catalan flag and shouted in favor of granting full amnesty to the separatists. While pardons are granted by the government as a way to spare punishment to those convicted, amnesty is seen as a recognition of no fault in the first place.
The pardons have become a divisive political issue.
Thousands opposed to the move called for Sánchez's resignation earlier this month during a protest in Madrid, supported by the three Spanish opposition parties, from the political center to the far-right.
AP reporter Aritz Parra in Madrid contributed to this report.
Spain: the nine independentist Catalan independence pardoned and free .
© AFP - Josep Lago Jordi Cuixart, one of the nine pardoned independentists, at his release from prison, June 23, 2021. after more than three years imprisonment The nine old independent leaders sentenced to sentences of between 9 and 13 years in prison came out of prison on the midday this Wednesday. The Spanish Government of Pedro Sanchez pardoned them Tuesday, June 22nd.