Carles Puigdemont handed himself in after Spain issued a new warrant for his arrest following the sentencing of 12 of his former colleagues. Thousands gathered in Barcelona, Spain on Friday to protest the jailing of the separatist Catalan leaders.
Young people draped in Catalan flags congregated peacefully, tossing balls and skipping rope. Later the mood turned ugly, with protesters setting fire to cafe chairs on the fashionable Rambla de Catalunya street at the heart of the tourist district.
Pro-independence regional chief Quim Torra says a new vote would have to be held to decide on self-determination for Catalonia, as more than 100 protesters were injured in overnight clashes.
Divisions over the secession drive that roiled Spain in 2017 have re-surfaced on the streets of the Catalonia’s main city Barcelona since the Supreme Court sentenced nine politicians and activists to up to 13 years in jail.
Pro-independence groups staged sit-ins outside Spanish government offices in a number of Catalan cities for a second day of protest against Spain's jailing of Catalan leaders.
Supreme Court jails nine separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years for sedition over banned 2017 referendum and independence declaration, sparking angry protests in Barcelona.
Spain says some Catalan separatists are prepared to act violently to overthrow Spanish rule but activists say the charges of terrorism are contrived.
Police said they carried out 10 raids and seized an abundance of material and substances they believe could be used to make explosives.
After 2017’s independence attempt and a crackdown by Spanish authorities, has support for independence in Catalonia declined.
Catalan separatists face 25 years in prison over charges related to a 2017 independence referendum.
Temperatures in some parts of Spain are expected to soar past 43 degrees Celsius as other western European countries also wilt under the sweltering heat.
A new far-right movement in Spain threatens to shake the Spanish political class, but not everything is as it seems, with a resurgent left winning the elections.
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