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Thousands demand release of jailed separatists in Barcelona

Published:Sunday | November 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Demonstrators gather during a protest calling for the release of Catalan jailed politicians, in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday.

BARCELONA (AP):

Thousands of people backing Catalonia's bid to secede from Spain rallied in downtown Barcelona yesterday to demand the release of jailed separatist leaders.

The rally's grass-roots organiser's are calling for 10 prominent members of the secessionist movement in the northeastern Spanish region to be freed from prison.

Eight former members of Catalonia's dissolved Cabinet and two activists are in jail while investigations continue into their alleged roles in promoting an illegal declaration of independence last month.

Polls show that Catalonia's 7.5 million residents are roughly split over remaining a part of Spain.

Spain's Constitution says the nation is "indivisible" and that questions of national sovereignty pertain to the national Parliament in Madrid.