Tens of thousands of Spaniards protested in Madrid today against the government’s plan to pardon the twelve Catalan politicians convicted of an unsuccessful attempt to break away from Catalonia in 2017.
In an interview with Vanguardia newspaper published today, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo made a clear indication that the release of Catalan separatists from prison is “near”. However, this caused a strong division among the Spaniards.
According to the results of a survey published today in the online version niusdiario.es, about 63 percent are against the separatists’ apology, 25 percent support it, and about 6 percent are indifferent.
Opposition MPs from the conservative People’s Party, far-right voxes (voices) and centrist ciudadanos (citizens) attend a rally in Madrid’s central Colón Square. According to Sofia Police, the number of people participating in the rally is about 126 thousand. However, the National Police counted 25,000.
Last month, Spain’s Supreme Court said in a non-binding report that it objected to a possible government decision to pardon convicted separatists. It was this court that in October 2019 found nine Catalan politicians guilty of holding an illegal independence referendum and unilaterally declaring the independence of Catalonia. He received a prison sentence of 9 to 13 years. Three others were found guilty of disobedience, but were not jailed, the agencies recalled.
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