Catalan Leaders Guilty of Sedition: El País

Catalan separatists – including a party leader, former speaker of the Catalan parliament, former ministers and cabinet members – were sentenced to 9 to 13 years in prison by the Spanish Supreme Court for an attempt to break from Spain in October 2017. “The court has found that there were “undeniable acts of violence” in Catalonia in the fall of 2017, but that these were not severe enough to convict the defendants of rebellion,” reports El País. “The events that took place were not enough ‘to impose an effective territorial independence and the derogation of the Constitution.” The defendants insist their only aim was “to give Catalan citizens a chance to express themselves through a referendum.” But that independence referendum was unauthorized. The defense teams plan to appeal. Meanwhile, violent protests broke out in Barcelona, Tarragona, Sabadell and Lleida. – YaleGlobal

Catalan Leaders Guilty of Sedition: El País

Violent protests break out after Spanish Supreme Court convicts Catalan defendants for sedition, not rebellion; most face prison terms up to 13 years
Reyes Rincón, Óscar Lóopez-Fonseca and Jeúus García
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Read the article from El País about a verdict for Catalon separatist leaders.

The English translation was by Susana Urra.

Also read the article about violent protests from El País.

  1640 		Catalonia revolts against Spain; quelled in the 1650s 1859 		Efforts to revive Catalan language 1979 		Statute granting autonomy 1913		A degree of autonomy granted 1925		Autonomy repealed 1932 		Statute for autonomy becomes law 1939		Autonomy repealed 1977		Limited autonomy provided 1979		Autonomy granted 2006		Granted “nation” status 2010		Courts rejected portions of autonomy  2013		Independence referendum called 2014	Independence approved; Spain regards referendum as informal poll  2015	Regional parliamentary elections; peaceful disconnection approved, 2017	Binding independence referendum announced, disrupted by Spain; general strike; Catalan parliament voted to declare independence; Spain approves extraordinary powers over Catalonia, calls snap election; pro-independence parties win a majority

(Source: Encycolopedia Britannica)