Dozen ex-officials and activists on trial tell the Spanish Supreme Court in Madrid that long-running secession efforts in Catalonia were part of a political conflict with national authorities and didn't belong in a courtroom.
Pro-independence Catalan leaders that flout the law are turning the question of independence into a counterproductive binary of good versus evil.
Alvaro Longoria, who made the film about the crisis sparked by Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid along with Gerardo Olivares, picked up the Cinema for Peace Foundation award from Puigdemont's hands in Berlin.
A dozen defendants are being tried on rebellion and other charges stemming from their roles in pushing ahead with a unilateral independence declaration of Catalonia in October 2017.
A year after the contested October 1, 2017 referendum on Catalonia's independence, disagreements over separatism have nevertheless deepened in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain.
As Madrid rejected Catalonia's referendum results on October 1 last year, the country's affluent autonomous region continues to hold on to its secessionist sentiment.
The move comes after a German court ruled that separatist Carles Puigdemont could only be extradited on charges related to misuse of public funds.
A German court decided to allow former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont's extradition to Spain for misuse of public funds. If extradited, he will not be tried for rebellion.
Quim Torra, a close ally of former leader Carles Puigdemont, fell short of being elected the new Catalan leader by two votes.
Catalonia's parliament will start debating on whether to appoint staunch independence supporter Quim Torra as regional president, after deposed leader Carles Puigdemont stepped aside from the running.
After meeting former leader Carles Puigdemont in Berlin, a spokesman for the Pro-independence group in the regional parliament said they wanted to install him by May 14.
The march was called by a platform set up in March and backed by the Catalan branches of Spain's two largest trade unions, the CCOO and the UGT, to "defend Catalan institutions" and "the rights and fundamental freedoms" of its citizens.
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