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Spain: Protesters march for freedom of expression and release of jailed politicians

Spain, Barcelona
October 26, 2019 at 03:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Over 100 people marched through Barcelona's streets with torches and tape on their mouths on Friday, to demand the release of jailed Catalan politicians and the right to freedom of expression.

"We have 44 prisoners, eight exiles, dozens investigated and detained and several injured," said Vice President of the Catalan National Assembly Josep Cruanyes while addressing other demonstrators.

Protests started in Barcelona and other major cities of Catalonia after nine pro-independence leaders, who had organised the 2017 independence referendum, were found guilty of sedition, disobedience or misuse of public funds and were sentenced to between nine and 13 years in prison by the Supreme Court of Madrid.

Another major demonstration is expected to take place in Barcelona on Saturday, October 26.

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Over 100 people marched through Barcelona's streets with torches and tape on their mouths on Friday, to demand the release of jailed Catalan politicians and the right to freedom of expression.

"We have 44 prisoners, eight exiles, dozens investigated and detained and several injured," said Vice President of the Catalan National Assembly Josep Cruanyes while addressing other demonstrators.

Protests started in Barcelona and other major cities of Catalonia after nine pro-independence leaders, who had organised the 2017 independence referendum, were found guilty of sedition, disobedience or misuse of public funds and were sentenced to between nine and 13 years in prison by the Supreme Court of Madrid.

Another major demonstration is expected to take place in Barcelona on Saturday, October 26.

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