The Guardian: Catalan independence march passes through Madrid peacefully

The Guardian: Catalan independence march passes through Madrid peacefully

By Sam Jones. - Source

Supporters renew calls for secession and protest at the trial of 12 separatist leaders

Twelve of the pro-independence Catalan leaders who remained in Spain are currently on trial in Madrid over their alleged roles in the events that culminated in the staging of the referendum and the subsequent unilateral declaration of independence.

Puigdemont offered his solidarity to two of them, Jordi Sànchez, a regional MP and former president of the ANC, and Jordi Cuixart, the leader of Òmnium Cultural.

“Thank you for your steadfastness and dignity, Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart,” he tweeted earlier on Saturday. “Today in Madrid there will be a representation of a people that progresses in peace and solidarity, which wants more and better democracy, and which demands its right to exist and to be respected. Today will be a memorable day!”

Nine of those on trial, who include former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras and former speaker of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell, are accused of rebellion, which carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years. Other charges include sedition and the misuse of public funds.

Torra told reporters in Madrid that the march was needed in order to decry the trial, which he described as a farce.

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