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Catalan leaders did not engage in rebellion, Spanish court told

Defence rejects claim actions amounted to coup as landmark proceedings draw to close Lawyers for the Catalan separatist leaders on trial over their alleged role in the regions failed independence bid have flatly denied their clients engaged in violent rebellion against the Spanish state as unilateral independence referendum on 1 October 2017 and the Catalan parliaments subsequent the 12 defendants who include the former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras, the former speaker of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell, and two influential grassroots activists, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Snchez are accused of…

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Barcelona protest calls for release of jailed Catalan independence leaders

Hundreds of thousands of independence supporters march through city after eight former Catalan government members jailed by Spanish high court Hundreds of thousands of Catalan independence supporters lined one of Barcelonas main avenues on Saturday to demand the release of separatist leaders held in prison for their roles in the banned independence referendum. Wearing yellow ribbons to signify support, they filled the length of the Carrer de la Marina, which runs from the beach to Barcelonas Sagrada Familia church, while the jailed leaders families made speeches. Catalonias two main grassroots…

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