The Spanish Supreme Court has detained five Catalan secessionist leaders. The newly arrested leaders include the latest candidate for regional president.
The detained separatist leaders have been charged with rebellion and eight others cases regarding their involvement in the Catalan push for independence.
First Catalan choice for President invalidated (bc he's exiled)
2nd choice invalidated (bc he's imprisoned w/out a trial)
3rd choice is not in prison or in exile. But as soon as he was named Spain's court summoned him and no doubt they will imprison him as well
— Robert Merriman (@RobertHMerriman) March 21, 2018
“The leaders will be held will be held without bail pending their trials,” BBC reported.
Following the court ruling, the supporters of the secessionist leaders engaged in clashes with the police in Barcelona on Friday.
Kind reminder for all international Catalonia watchers.
The Spanish justice is charging Catalan politicians with rebellion: a fake crime that requires violence (that didn't exist) and is condemned with 15 to 25 years in jail.
What they actually did was to organise a referendum. https://t.co/0uXJcya9Wy
— Aleix Sarri Camargo (@aleixsarri) March 23, 2018
The Catalan parliament was set to vote if imprisoned Jordi Turull is to be installed as the regional president.
But the court ruling has created uncertainty over the parliamentary move to select a new president for the region.
I am worried by the deterioration of Civil Rights in #Spain against Catalan politicians. The issue raised by #Catalonia is political. Mr. #Rajoy it could only be solved by a political debate not putting people in jail
— José Bové (@josebove) March 24, 2018
The Spanish authority has charged about 25 top secessionist leaders of Catalonia with embezzlement, sedition, and rebellion.
— Olav Hjertaker (@OlavHjertaker) March 23, 2018
Two of the Catalan leaders wanted by the Spanish authority are in Belgium and Switzerland in self-imposed exile to escape the Spanish warrant.
— Xavi Ruiz 🎗 (@xruiztru) March 23, 2018
The sacked former President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, called Spain anti-democratic and an embarrassment to Europe.