🇪🇸 Outrage as 12 Catalan separatist 12 Catalan politicians go on trial in Spain's 1 day ago   02:17

Al Jazeera English
The trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders has begun in Spain's capital Madrid. They could face 25 years in prison if convicted of rebellion and sedition during Catalonia's failed bid for independence.
Their televised trial, which is expected to last three months, is being seen as deepening the division between national government leaders in Madrid and pro-independents in Barcelona.
This trial, which is the biggest topic on social media in Spain, is bringing up a lot of memories from the referendum in October 2017, during which two million people voted for independence for Catalonia.
The Spanish government, and its security forces, faced allegations of heavy-handedness, both in their handling of the referendum, which Madrid said was illegal, and the way their supporters were treated by police.
Al Jazeera's Andrew Chappelle has more.

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Tom Vader
1-O’s referéndum of independence, not only was illegal, but only 44% voters went to vote,  It hadn't enought democratic garanties ( for example there are pictures of the same person voting four diferent times, and there wasnt an effective electoral census ),
Arrecife 777
Viva España unida.
m c
Viva España plurietnica, plurilinguistica, diversa y hermana! Coltivate ciò che vi unisce e non ciò che vi divide!!! Peace and love!!!
GoW barcelona
Freedom 4 Catalonia!!!!
Rap Beats
Viva España!!
Unida por eternidad!!
Alexandru Popescu
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12 Catalan politicians go on trial in Spain's 🇪🇸 Outrage as 12 Catalan separatist 1 day ago   02:57

12 Catalan politicians are due to go on trial this morning for their involvement in an independence bid 16 months ago.
Why are these 12 Catalan politicians only ending up in court now?

to give us some more detail on this we're joined by journalist, James Badcock who's in Madrid.

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