Over 300000 march through Barcelona demanding release of Catalonia leaders

Over 300000 march through Barcelona demanding release of Catalonia leaders

The rally marked six months of detention for pro-independence activists Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, who face charges of rebellion leading to a jail term of 30 years.

"They need to demonstrate that there was violence to execute the sentences that they want, so they invent it", she said, adding: "But we will continue to protest peacefully".

Over 300,000 people marched in Barcelona demanding the release of Catalan political leaders, reports Deutsche Welle.

The secretary-general of the Catalan branch of UGT, Camil Ros, said that there had been tension among union members just as there was in the rest of Catalan society.

Spanish justice authorities accuse the Catalan politicians of incitement to mutiny, and their leader Carles Pokdemon at home waiting for the court and probably a life sentence for the coup attempt in the country.

In 2006, during the time when Zapatero government (PSOE) was in power, the Catalan parliament brought forth demands for increased self-governance in Catalonia through a 2006 Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia, a law passed by the legislature in the autonomous Spanish community, which went on to be approved by Spain's parliament and later ratified in a referendum by Catalan voters.

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Seven other Catalan separatist leaders are in jail in Spain while they await trial for rebellion, along with the two leaders of the grassroots separatist groups.

The movements at the wealthy region has plunged Spain in years.

Puigdemont is also accused of misuse of public funds for staging an independence referendum in Catalonia on October 1st even though the courts had ruled it unconstitutional.

According to Xavier Domenech's opinion, leader of Catalonia in Comú-Podem, the "transversal mobilization" of this Sunday in the Catalan capital is the way to recover the rights and freedoms, which are being lost, he denounced, by the democratic regression of the Spanish State.

Fresh regional elections will be triggered if a new leader is not elected by May 22nd.

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