इंडियन आवाज़     16 Oct 2018 11:28:54      انڈین آواز

Thousands demand release of Catalan leaders at Barcelona protest


Tens of thousands of Catalans gathered 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 today and come 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 bail.

Thousands gathered on an avenue next to the region’s parliament building waving Catalan independence flags and chanting “Freedom”.

The Catalonia crisis has caused concern in the European Union as the bloc deals with Brexit and uncertainty over the fate of the region of 7.5 million people. More than 2,400 businesses have moved their legal headquarters elsewhere.

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