🇪🇸 Outrage as 12 Catalan separatist The shattered dream of Catalan independence 2 days ago   02:17

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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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A Google User
What about GIBRALTAR shouldnt their politicians also be arrested ....
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
VISCA CATALUNYA LLIURE I SOBIRANA!!
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The shattered dream of Catalan independence 🇪🇸 Outrage as 12 Catalan separatist 2 days ago   17:57

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Later this February, 12 men and women will go on trial at Spain's Supreme Court. Nine of them have already spent more than a year behind bars. They now face between seven and 25 years in prison. All are accused of playing a role in the failed Catalan bid to secede from Spain in 2017. In Catalonia, they have become martyrs to the separatist cause. But more than a year later, what remains of their fight? And what about the process that was supposed to lead to independence?

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