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Protests against court proceedings : for the First time, large-scale demo of Catalan separatists in Madrid

The protests against the court proceedings against twelve Catalan separatists leaders have reached on Saturday in the Spanish capital. For the first time, tens of thousands of independence supporters were not in Barcelona or other Catalan cities to vent their Anger, but in Madrid. Here will have to answer to the accused since mid-February, among other things, because of the charge of Rebellion before the Supreme court.

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!" and held pictures of the defendants in the amount. 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.

the big demo had been called by the organization "Catalan national Assembly" (ANC), and about 50 other associations and parties. In order to bring the participants to the capital, were chartered according to Reports, 500 buses, special trains were in operation. 500 policemen should ensure safety and order.

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New protests in Catalonia a General strike against the separatist process in Madrid

The twelve defendants - including many former top politicians - threaten in the course of the illegally-organised independence referendum in October 2017 years of imprisonment. The exile in Belgium, who had fled, the Ex-regional chief Carles Puigdemont is not affected by the process. (dpa)

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