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Spain: 300,000 rally in Barcelona calling for release of Catalan leaders

More than 300,000 people took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday demanding the release of the 16 Catalan leaders imprisoned on sedition charges following October’s independence referendum.

People marched with banners and flags alongside Catalan politicians and demanded the freedom of the so-called political prisoners.

The President of the Catalan parliament Roger Torrent called it a ‘demonstration of unity’ and ‘Junts per Catalunya’ member Marta Pascal said that those in prison should ‘be able to return home.’

Politicians from all pro-independence parties, including former president Artur Mas, demanded the ‘freedom of the political prisoners.’

Labour unions and pro-independence parties organised the mass demonstration in order to put pressure on the Spanish administration to release the prisoners.

According to local police about 315,000 people partook in the demonstration.

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