Spain: Pro-independence supporters sing Christmas carols for freedom

Supporters of Catalan independence sang Christmas carols in Barcelona on Sunday to demand the freedom of former ministers in the regional government: Oriol Junqueras, Quim Forn, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart. A conductor led the crowd through a rendition of classic Christmas songs. Those in attendance wore yellow, the symbol of solidarity with imprisoned political leaders. In an interview... Еще, pro-independence activist Cristina gave his analysis of the current political situation in Catalonia. «Right now there are political prisoners and there is no way the Government reach agreement with the Catalan Government. Independence has won, there is a problem and they have to realise that they must fix it, she said. Prominent separatist grassroots group the Catalan National Assembly organised this concert outside La Modelo prison and numerous others throughout the region. The fate of former ministers in jail and Catalan independence is uncertain. In the recent regional elections of December 21, many of the imprisoned political leaders won seats in the new parliament, while separatist parties secured an absolute majority and could form a coalition. Spanish government called for fresh elections after bringing Catalonia under direct rule by triggering Article 155 of the constitution. That move was in response to a unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan parliament based on the results of the disputed independence referendum of October 1.

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