🇪🇸 Catalan separatists go on trial 🇪🇸 Outrage as 12 Catalan separatist 2 days ago   01:43

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Twelve Catalan separatist leaders have gone on trial in Madrid over a failed independence bid that laid bare historical divisions and triggered Spain's biggest political crisis in decades.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said that he hoped the case would give Spain the opportunity "to impose a fair sentence: that is, acquittal".
Flanked by hundreds of police, pro and anti-separatist demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court, where the defendants face charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds, which they all reject.
Al Jazeera's David Chater reports from Madrid.

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Yvette Torres
What a coward Carles is leaving his co conspirators to take the consequences.
LightShadow 49
Nobody wants further division. Everybody wants to maintain present status quo.
Jose Lopez
They deserve hard punishment, they have been stealing lot of money from citizens and they are confronting catalonians against ones each other, they dont care about health system or goods for people, they only think in independence
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🇪🇸 Outrage as 12 Catalan separatist 🇪🇸 Catalan separatists go on trial 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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