Ministers and MPs fast for 24 hours to support jailed leaders on hunger strike
Action also aims to reject Spanish constitution on its 40th anniversary on the grounds that "it blocks exercise of fundamental rights"
Three Catalan ministers and several MPs of pro-independence parties started a 24-hour fast in Barcelona to support the four jailed leaders who are on hunger strike.
The spokeswoman of the government, the culture minister and the territory minister joined the initiative, along with representatives of Junts per Catalunya, Esquerra and CUP parties.
Some of those who started the action on Thursday morning will stay overnight where it is taking part, the Capuchin monastery in Sarrià, in the Catalan capital.
The protest aims not only to show solidarity with the jailed leaders refusing to eat, but also to reject the Spanish constitution on the day marking its 40th anniversary.
"[The Spanish constitution] blocks the exercise of the collective fundamental individual and collective rights, such as the right to self-determination of the peoples, the freedom of speech and the right of a political representation"
Officials fasting for 24 hours
"It blocks the exercise of the collective fundamental individual and collective rights, such as the right to self-determination of the peoples, the freedom of speech and the right of a political representation," the protesting officials said.
Group of priests call to fast on Fridays
Coinciding with this protest on day 6 of the politicians' hunger strike, a group of Catalan priests called on people to fast every Friday until the strike ends to show "solidarity" with them.
This platform of priests, called 'capellans.cat,' demand "a fair solution to the ongoing conflict between Catalonia and Spain." They will also host several events for "reflection, meditation and prayer" about the incarcerated officials.