Supreme Court judgment on leading roles in 2017 independence bid leads to violence in Catalonia

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On 14 October 2019 Spain’s Supreme Court announced its verdict in the trial of 12 Catalan leaders accused of sedition, disobedience and misuse of public funds over their roles in the region’s 2017 failed bid for independence. The Supreme Court sentenced nine of them to between 9 and 13 years in prison.

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The Supreme Court's decision triggered mass protests in the region with Barcelona's international airport as the focal point of the protests. More than 60 flights were cancelled on 14 October. A general strike in Barcelona was held on 18 October, the fifth day of protests. Violent protests have occurred with protesters throwing projectiles at police and starting fires whereas police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon. On the 26, after a peaceful gathering of an estimated 350,000 pro-independence supporters in Barcelona, the protest ended in violence as some of them clashed with the police. Following the violent unrest, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Barcelona on the 27 against independence and called for unity across the country and peaceful co-existence in Catalonia.

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BBC News, 18/10/2019: Catalonia's bid for independence from Spain explained
The Guardian, 07/11/2019: As prime minister, I refuse to let Catalan separatists undermine Spanish democracy
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The Washington Post, 21/11/2019: What Spain’s election says about Catalan independence

Catalan News, 14/10/2019: 9 pro-independence leaders convicted to 9 to 13 years in jail for sedition
BBC News, 14/10/2019: Violent clashes erupt as Spanish court jails Catalonia leaders
Euronews, 14/10/2019: Flights cancelled as pro-separatist protesters clash with police at Barcelona airport
Politico, 14/10/2019: Spain’s Supreme Court issues new Carles Puigdemont arrest warrant
Euronews, 14/10/2019: Violent clashes over Catalan separatist leaders' prison terms
France 24, 14/10/2019: Spain jails Catalan separatists for up to 13 years over independence bid
Reuters, 13/10/2019: Spain jails Catalan separatist leaders, sparking protests, clashes
Euronews, 16/10/2019: At least four detained as police clash with Catalan separatist supporters in Barcelona
Politico, 17/10/2019: Catalan president calls for new independence vote
Euronews, 18/10/2019: Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont walks free after handing himself to Brussels police
France 14, 18/10/2019: Catalan separatists clash with Barcelona police ahead of general strike
Reuters, 18/10/2019: Thousands converge on Barcelona for fifth day of Catalan protests
DeutscheWelle, 19/10/2019: Spain rejects talks with Catalan separatists after days of unrest
Euronews, 19/10/2019: Authorities 'not overwhelmed' by Barcelona street violence, says Spain's acting interior minister
Euronews, 23/10/2019: Catalan independence supporters staged a 'clean protest' in Barcelona
DeutscheWelle, 26/10/2019: Spain: Violence erupts after peaceful Catalan independence rally
Euronews, 27/10/2019: Catalonia protests turn violent as militants clash with police after 350,000-strong peaceful march
Euronews, 27/10/2019: Thousands march for Spanish unity in Barcelona one day after violent pro-independence protests
The Guardian, 27/10/2019: At least 80,000 attend march against Catalan independence
Reuters, 09/11/2019: 'Freedom for political prisoners,' Catalan separatists chant on election eve
El Pais (english): 11/11/2019: Catalan independence protesters block highway to France
France 24, 18/11/2019: Catalan president goes on trial for 'disobedience'
Reuters, 16/11/2019: Pro-independence protesters take to Barcelona's main train station

Spanish Supreme Court, Judicial News: Press Release: Special Proceedings 20907/2017

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