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Spain: Protesters rally in Barcelona as strike over Catalan separatist trial continues01:48

Spain: Protesters rally in Barcelona as strike over Catalan separatist trial continues

Spain, Barcelona
February 21, 2019 at 12:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of Catalan independence activists rallied in Barcelona on Thursday, as a region-wide general strike called in protest against the ongoing trial of a dozen separatist leaders in Madrid continued.

Demonstrators carrying banners and Catalan independence movement flags were shoved and pushed backwards by riot police tasked with preventing them from proceeding further down the city's famous Gran Via.

The one-day general strike has been organised by a minor regional trade union with the support of other Catalan separatist associations and political parties.

Former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras, former interior minister Joaquim Forn, and former president of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell are among a dozen figures facing charges for their part in the 2017 referendum and subsequent push for independence from Spain.

Nine of the defendants are charged with rebellion, while other charges include sedition and misuse of public funds. If convicted, the Catalan leaders on trial face up to 25 years in jail.

Spain: Protesters rally in Barcelona as strike over Catalan separatist trial continues01:48
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Dozens of Catalan independence activists rallied in Barcelona on Thursday, as a region-wide general strike called in protest against the ongoing trial of a dozen separatist leaders in Madrid continued.

Demonstrators carrying banners and Catalan independence movement flags were shoved and pushed backwards by riot police tasked with preventing them from proceeding further down the city's famous Gran Via.

The one-day general strike has been organised by a minor regional trade union with the support of other Catalan separatist associations and political parties.

Former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras, former interior minister Joaquim Forn, and former president of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell are among a dozen figures facing charges for their part in the 2017 referendum and subsequent push for independence from Spain.

Nine of the defendants are charged with rebellion, while other charges include sedition and misuse of public funds. If convicted, the Catalan leaders on trial face up to 25 years in jail.