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Thousands of Catalan separatists march in Madrid

Madrid - Thousands of Catalan separatists took to the streets of the Spanish capital Saturday to denounce the prosecution of 12 of their leaders, on trial for their part in the failed 2017 independence bid.

Ex Catalan police chief says he was ready to arrest Puigdemont

Madrid - The former chief of Catalonia' police force said Thursday his officers were ready to arrest the region's ex-president Carles Puigdemont during the failed 2017 independence bid, if they had been asked to do so by judicial authorities.

Spanish police give their version of Catalan referendum violence

Madrid - Spanish security officials have defended their handling of a banned independence referendum in Catalonia, saying police had no choice but to use the kind of force captured in violent mages were flashed around the world in 2017.

Spain's ex-PM 'deplores' images of Catalan referendum violence

Madrid - Spain's former prime minister Mariano Rajoy said Wednesday he "deplored" police violence during an illegal independence referendum in Catalonia, but blamed it on separatist leaders as he testified at their trial.

Spain's ex-PM Rajoy testifies in Catalan separatists' trial

Madrid - Spain's former prime minister Mariano Rajoy, in power when Catalonia's executive tried to secede, on Wednesday accused separatist leaders of wanting to "liquidate national sovereignty" by organising a banned referendum as he testified in their trial.

Spain's ex-PM Rajoy set to testify in Catalan separatists' trial

Madrid - Spain's former prime minister Mariano Rajoy, in power when Catalonia's executive tried to secede, will testify Wednesday in the trial of separatist leaders in a highly sensitive hearing just two months before elections.

Road blocks, strike in Catalonia against separatists' trial

Barcelona - Activists blocked roads and rail lines in Catalonia on Thursday while tens of thousands took to the streets during a region-wide strike against the trial of separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 secession attempt.

Spanish king speaks out during Catalan separatists' trial

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI said Wednesday democracy was not above respecting the law, in unusually outspoken comments widely interpreted as refuting claims by Catalan separatist leaders on trial in Madrid.

At Catalan separatist trial, judge Marchena walks tightrope

Madrid - At the helm of the hugely divisive trial of Catalan separatist leaders, Supreme Court judge Manuel Marchena is performing a difficult balancing act, alternating firmness and leniency in live proceedings.

Spanish ex-PM Rajoy to testify on February 26 in Catalan separatists' trial

Madrid - Spain's former prime minister Mariano Rajoy, who was in power when Catalonia's executive tried to secede in 2017, will testify in the high-profile trial of separatist leaders on February 26, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

200,000 protest in Barcelona against Catalan separatists' trial

Barcelona - Around 200,000 people marched through Barcelona on Saturday against the high-profile trial of Catalan separatist leaders that started this week, which they dismissed as a farce.

200,000 protest in Barcelona against Catalan separatists' trial

Barcelona - Around 200,000 people marched through Barcelona on Saturday against the high-profile trial of Catalan separatist leaders that started this week, which they dismiss as a farce.

EU parliament cancels Catalan separatist's event

Apo - The European Parliament on Friday cancelled an event that was to be attended by Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, citing "security threats".

Catalan separatist defends 'peaceful' independence movement at trial

Madrid - The main defendant in a rebellion case against Catalan separatist leaders accused Spain of putting a "peaceful" independence movement on trial as he took the stand Thursday in the country's most politically explosive trial in decades.

Catalan separatist refuses to answer prosecutors at trial

Madrid - The lead defendant in the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders, former regional vice president Oriol Junqueras, refused to answer prosecutors' questions in court on Thursday."I am being persecuted for my ideas and not for my actions...

Spain prosecutor accuses Catalan separatists of using 'human shields'

Madrid - A Spanish public prosecutor on Wednesday accused Catalan separatist leaders of trying to use "human shields" to block police during their failed secession bid in 2017.

Spain PM to decide on election Friday after budget rejected

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will announce on Friday whether to call an early general election after right-wing and Catalan separatist lawmakers rejected his draft 2019 budget.

Directors of Netflix Catalonia documentary return award

Barcelona - The directors of Netflix documentary "Two Catalonias" said Tuesday they had returned a German award because the involvement of Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont in the ceremony had "politicised" the "neutral" spirit of their work.

Catalans' trial a 'test' for Spain democracy: Puigdemont

Berlin - Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday the high-profile trial in Madrid of 12 ex-colleagues involved in a secession bid was a "stress test for Spanish democracy.

Trial of former Catalan leaders: what you need to know

Madrid - Twelve former Catalan leaders go on trial on Tuesday at Spain's Supreme Court for their role in a failed 2017 bid to break away from Spain.Here are some key facts about the trial.

Junqueras: Affable, inscrutable leader of Catalan separatism

Madrid - It's been a tumultuous few years for Oriol Junqueras, the Catalan professor who became vice-president of a regional government that tried to break away from Spain and who is now preparing to take centre-stage at a major trial.

Catalan separatist trial gives Spanish far right global platform

Madrid - Far-right Spanish party Vox is on track to get a global soapbox as it takes part in the much-hyped trial of Catalan pro-independence leaders as a "popular prosecutor" -- a Spain-specific legal mechanism that has left Madrid embarrassed.

Catalan separatists' trial puts Spanish state on defensive

Madrid - As 12 Catalan separatist leaders prepare to go on trial in Madrid, Spain has been forced to defend the independence and impartiality of its courts.

Spain's right, far-right rally against PM over Catalonia

Madrid - Tens of thousands of people waving Spanish flags joined a rally on Sunday in Madrid called by right-wing and far-right parties against Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who they accuse of treachery over his negotiations with Catalan separatists.

Spain's right, far-right protest against PM over Catalonia

Madrid - Tens of thousands of people waving Spanish flags joined a rally on Sunday in Madrid called by right-wing and far-right parties against Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over his negotiations with Catalan separatists.

Catalan separatists trial: not just legal battle, media one too

Madrid - The trial on Tuesday of 12 Catalan leaders over their role in Catalonia's failed independence bid will be fought between Madrid and the separatists in the international media as much as in the courtroom.

For Catalan separatists, trial of leaders is personal

Barcelona - With vigils and concerts outside prisons, Catalan independence supporters for months have shown their backing for 12 separatist leaders who go on trial on Tuesday over their bid to break the region away from Spain.

Madrid, Catalans accuse each other of breaking off talks

Madrid - Spain's socialist government and Catalonia's separatist executive on Friday accused each other of breaking off negotiations aimed at easing the secession crisis.

Spain's PM under fire over concession to Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spain's prime minister was caught between the fury of conservative opposition parties and the anger of top members of his Socialist party after he made a concession to Catalan separatists.

Spain's right, far-right to protest together against PM

Madrid - Accusing him of "high treason," right-wing and far-right parties said Wednesday they would protest together for the first time against Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over his negotiations with Catalan separatists.
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