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Rally against Catalan trial called for March 16 in Madrid

Stream of protests expected as court case against independence referendum looms

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07 February 2019 10:52 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

A major rally has been called in Madrid for March 16 to reject the trial against Catalan leaders, who have been charged over organizing a referendum and declaring independence in 2017.

The demonstration is part of a stream of mobilizations called by a platform that includes civil organizations and parties with a majority of seats in the Catalan parliament, such as the ruling pro-independence coalition and Catalunya En Comú-Podem, which is in favor of self-determination.

"This will be Catalonia’s most important trial since the end of [Francisco Franco’s] dictatorship," said David Fernàndez, a spokesperson for the platform, which is called ‘Self-determination is not a crime.’  

 

  • "This will be Catalonia’s most important trial since the end of [Francisco Franco’s] dictatorship"

    David Fernàndez · Spokesperson of platform 'Self-determination is not a crime'

The platform also backs a general strike called by the pro-independence Intersindical CSC union for February 21, a week after the trial is due to start in Spain’s Supreme Court.

Other protest actions include work stoppages on the trial’s start date, on February 12, as well as a demonstration on Barcelona’s Gran Via Avenue on February 16. 

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