Protesters marched en masse through Barcelona to protest the trial of Catalan separatist leaders.
Some 200,000 people took to the streets, waving Catalan flags and shouting pro-separatist slogans in support of the twelve people in court. 1
If convicted, some of the leaders could spend up to 25 years in prison.
The crisis in Catalonia It is believed that the most serious thing is to hit Spain since the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975 and the country's transition to democracy.
Soon after the referendum, the Spanish authorities declared that it was illegal, and the national government imposed direct control over the semi-autonomous region.
Prosecutor Fidel Cadena told the court that the separatists "Subversion and Break" promote the constitutional order. "The Spanish Constitution of 1978 speaks of" the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation. "
But the lawyer of the separatist leader, Andreu Van The Eynde said that the process was about "the right to self-determination and the democratic principle."
] "There is no international or European law preventing the separation of a sub-state unity," he added. It does not exist. "
The proponents of the defendants seem to agree.
A banner worn by a demonstrator at the front was "freedom for political prisoners", another "self-determination is not a crime". 19659007] The defendant Oriol Junqueras dismissed allegations that they were violent.
"If you read, hear and observe our actions, no one could have the slightest doubt that we reject violence," he told the court later Thursday