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Tens of thousands of Catalans demonstrate in Madrid

there's never been: Not in Barcelona, Tarragona or Girona, tens of thousands demonstrated Catalans, but in the middle in Spain's capital, Madrid. On the occasion of the process against the separatist leader was.

tens of thousands of supporters of Catalan independence in Madrid have demonstrated, for the First time against the court proceedings against twelve separatist leader. In the Spanish capital, the defendants - former leaders and activists from the conflict region will have to answer - since mid-February, before the Supreme court. You are accused of, among other things, Rebellion and turmoil.

The rally was held under the slogan "self-determination is not a crime". Again and again, the people chanted the words "freedom for political prisoners!". The Central Boulevard of the Paseo del Prado, was completely submerged in the yellow-red-and-blue colours of the "Estelada", the flag of the Catalan independence movement - an unusual sight in Madrid. Many were huge yellow ribbons, the Symbol for solidarity with the Detainees.

The event was held under the slogan "self-determination is not a crime".

hundreds of buses from Catalonia to the capital

the major demonstration had been called by the Catalan national Assembly (ANC), and about 50 other associations and parties. In order to bring the participants to the capital, were chartered to a report by the newspaper "El País", 500 buses, including 15 special trains were in operation. The Demonstration was led by the Catalan regional President, Quim Torra, and many citizens of the Region to master. "Spain, listen to this cry for freedom, cry for independence!", Torra said.

the relationship between the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, and the Region in the North-East of Spain is more tense. The twelve accused, referendum threaten in the course of the illegally organized Independence in October 2017 years of imprisonment. The controversial process is transferred for weeks, live on Spanish television, in order to ensure the greatest possible transparency.

Ex-regional chief Carles Puigdemont, who had fled from justice to the Belgian exile, is not affected by the procedure. He tweeted in the evening, the success of the Demonstration touch him deeply: "With Esteladas, on the streets and in a cheerful atmosphere. Thank you."

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