Spain: Protesters demand release of imprisoned politicians at Barcelona rally

Thousands of people gathered in front of the Catalan parliament, in Barcelona, on Thursday evening, to protest against the imprisonment of former Catalan government vice-president Oriol Junqueras and seven other former Generalitat counselors. Pro-independence associations called for the demonstration, which saw thousands of people chanting «freedom for political prisoners» and “Puigdemont is... Еще our president.” The spokesperson for the Catalonia in Common (Catalunya en Comu) party criticised an “increasingly repressive judicial escalation,” and called for an amnesty. Earlier on Thursday, the judge of the Spanish National Court, Carmen Lamela remaned Junqueras — as well as seven former Generalitat counselors — in custody. Meanwhile, a European arrest warrant has been issued for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.


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