11 Nov '17, 6pm

Mass protest in Barcelona demands freedom for Catalan leaders

BARCELONA: Tens of thousands of Catalans gathered Saturday (Nov 11) to demand the release of regional officials who were jailed for their push for independence from Spain, which has left the country mired in a political crisis. The march kicked off in Barcelona, the Catalan capital, at 5pm (12mn, Singapore time) and came a day after the region's parliament speaker -- one of dozens of lawmakers sacked by Madrid last month -- was released from jail after posting 150,000 euros (US$175,000) bail. Thousands gathered on an avenue next to the region's parliament building waving Catalan independence flags and chanting "Freedom!" while some held up banners announcing: "SOS Democracy". Children in riding helmets climbed castells - the region's traditional human towers - as others held placards bearing caricatures of some jailed lawmakers. The Catalonia crisis has caused concern in t...

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