Spain: 'Absolute helplessness' — Hundreds rally in support of jailed Catalan leader Junqueras

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Barcelona's province of Sant Vicenc dels Horts to show their support for jailed pro-Catalan independence leader Oriol Junqueras of the Republican Left party (Esquerra Republicana; ERC) on Friday. «Oriol's and the other politicians' imprisonment is the unequivocal verification of the poor democratic quality of the Spanish state,» said Sant Vicenc dels Horts's... Еще Mayor Maite Aymerich, «A state that does not accept the difference and uses justice as derision for all those who don't want to abjure their ideas.» Omnium Cultural's vice president Marcel Mauri said that Oriol's arrest shows «absolute helplessness and democratic abnormality» that took hold of Catalonia which nevertheless intends to continue promoting dialogue «as the unique way to solve conflicts.» Junqueras was arrested on November 2 alongside eight other former Catalan Government members, on charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement. Pro-independence Catalan leaders are accused of «instigating hatred» against the Spanish National Police after reading a statement condemning police actions during the Catalan independence referendum on October 1.

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