Angry protests erupt across Catalonia against a decision by Spain's top court to sentence several Catalonia leaders to up to 13 years behind bars for sedition over their role in an independence referendum back in 2017.
Thousands of angry demonstrators took to the streets of Barcelona and elsewhere on Monday after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in jail for ‘sedition’ over the failed 2017 independence efforts.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has again urged leaders of Catalonia to form a new administration that could function and be viable, hinting that his government in Madrid may reject a future regional cabinet that includes jailed leaders of an outlawed independence movement.
Quim Torra, a newcomer to politics who has long fiercely campaigned for independence in Catalonia, was appointed regional president Monday, vowing to keep fighting for a break from Spain in a move that could deepen the conflict with Madrid.
Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont said in an interview published Sunday that he should have declared independence earlier, as delaying the call in hopes of starting dialogue with Madrid proved futile.