Catalonia Protests Descend in to Violence

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.

Barcelona Airport in Chaos After Pro-Catalan Protests

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.

Catalan Separatists Sentenced for Sedition, Embezzlement

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.