BARCELONA: Protests erupt as Spanish court jails 5 Catalan leaders

Spain rejects plan to install nationalist Catalan leader

Spain rejects plan to install nationalist Catalan leader

In total Judge Llanera charged 13 Catalan separatist leaders with "rebellion" and, in a 70-page summary, concluded that 25 Catalan leaders will face various charges ranging from of rebellion, misuse of public funds and disobedience related to the October 1 independence referendum, which was declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court, and the October 27 unilateral declaration of independence.

Tensions spilled over into violence as some protesters tried to break through police lines.

Some parts of the crowd clashed with police and Spanish media report that more than 20 people were treated for minor injured.

He was briefly held in custody on charges of rebellion and sedition after his involvement in the independence push in October.

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The deputy leader of the leftwing separatist ERC party, whose chief is now in jail, is now in Switzerland, according to Spanish media. They deny the allegations.

Thousands of protesters descended on the streets of Catalonia late on Friday after Spain's supreme court detained five separatist leaders for their role in last year's independence bid.

All five spent some time in detention following the banned referendum but were released on bail late past year pending investigations into their individual roles in the independence drive.

On Friday evening, Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena ordered an global arrest warrant for all six.

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The judge also reactivated European arrests warrants for six others who are also in self-imposed exile, including former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont who is in Belgium.

Later on Friday, Catalan parliament speaker Roger Torrent said he would read a statement in support of those in prison in the parliamentary session. Leaving the country was "the only way I have to stand up against the government of the Partido Popular", she wrote, referring to the conservative party of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

In an hour-long speech to fellow MPs outlining the policies he would pursue if elected, Mr Turull did not mention the words "independence" or "republic". The court could rule the candidate ineligible to hold office or imprison him if it finds there is enough incriminating evidence, thus torpedoing any hopes of a second debate later today.

The top court ruled that there was still a risk that Joaquim Forn, the ousted Catalan Interior Minister, and Jordi Sanchez, the former president of the pro-independence civil rights group ANC, to repeat the offenses that landed them in jail.

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Mr Varadkar was speaking following a meeting with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday. Mrs Merkel described relations between Ireland and Germany as "excellent".

In a setback for the pro-independence cause, a survey published by the Catalan Centre for Opinion Studies recently suggested support for independence had dropped sharply, with 53.9% of Catalans now against the idea and 40.8% saying they were in favour.

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