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Spain: Catalan independence supporters block Barcelona's main station03:12

Spain: Catalan independence supporters block Barcelona's main station

Spain, Barcelona
October 13, 2019 at 18:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 200 Catalan independence supporters occupied Barcelona Sants, the city’s main train station, on Sunday. The sit-in protest, organised under the slogan “Picnic for the Republic”, saw protesters carrying independence flags and images of the King of Spain turned upside down.

Footage shows police officers removing protesters from the station, during which, according to local media, at least one arrest was made. After the eviction, protesters moved to the nearby 'Plaza de Espana', blocking traffic and ending their protest in front of the National Police Headquarters.

The demonstration took place a day before a verdict is announced in the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders facing charges over their alleged roles in the 2017 bid for independence. Several defendants are accused of rebellion, a charge which would see jail terms of between 15 to 25 years. According to Spanish media reports, judicial sources say the Spanish Supreme Court has ruled out rebellion, with charges of sedition and embezzlement of public funds expected to be announced on Monday.

Spain: Catalan independence supporters block Barcelona's main station03:12
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Around 200 Catalan independence supporters occupied Barcelona Sants, the city’s main train station, on Sunday. The sit-in protest, organised under the slogan “Picnic for the Republic”, saw protesters carrying independence flags and images of the King of Spain turned upside down.

Footage shows police officers removing protesters from the station, during which, according to local media, at least one arrest was made. After the eviction, protesters moved to the nearby 'Plaza de Espana', blocking traffic and ending their protest in front of the National Police Headquarters.

The demonstration took place a day before a verdict is announced in the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders facing charges over their alleged roles in the 2017 bid for independence. Several defendants are accused of rebellion, a charge which would see jail terms of between 15 to 25 years. According to Spanish media reports, judicial sources say the Spanish Supreme Court has ruled out rebellion, with charges of sedition and embezzlement of public funds expected to be announced on Monday.

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