The Spanish National Police charged against a group of radicals who threw stones and bottles and erected barricades in a demonstration parallel to the large protests that took place in the center of the Catalan capital. Other protests took place without incident. The National Police have arrested at least ten people for riots at the gates of the Via Laietana Headquarters in Barcelona during protests Friday.
Protests broke out in various parts of Catalonia Monday after the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine independence leaders to between 9 and 13 years for sedition and embezzlement. Thousands gathered at Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport in Barcelona.
The acting Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, called a meeting with the main parties while ensuring that his office will “fully comply” with the sentences. The political reaction confirms that the sentences will become one of the main issues in the November 10 elections.
Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine separatist leaders involved in Catalonia’s attempted independence in October 2017, to terms ranging from nine to 13 years in prison. All defendants were acquitted of the most serious charge of rebellion. The group was convicted of crimes ranging from sedition to embezzlement of public funds, in an expected decision. Three defendants were found guilty of disobedience crimes and were not sentenced to prison.
- For the third time in four years, Spaniards will head to the polls Sunday in a general election. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, and his ruling Socialist Workers’ Party, enjoy a commanding lead in the polls, but should still fall short of a governing majority. Sanchez came to power last June, following the first successful no-confidence vote in Spanish history.
- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called a snap election, for April 28, on Friday. Sánchez became Prime Minister in May, after the first successful vote of no confidence in modern Spanish history. The announcement comes two days after his Socialist government was defeated in Congress, and failed to pass its budget.