Nine Catalan political leaders and activists have been convicted to between 9 and 13 years in jail for their role in the 2017 independence referendum, found guilty of sedition and in some cases misuse of funds.

Spain’s Supreme Court convicted former vice president Oriol Junqueras to 13 years behind bars, with former ministers Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva and Dolors Bassa getting a 12-year sentence. The former parliament speaker, Carme Forcadell, was sentenced to 11 and a half years for sedition. Former ministers Joaquim Forn and Josep Rull got 10.5-year sentences each, with leading activists Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart being sentenced to 9 years, also for sedition.

The long-awaited verdict sparked protests all throughout Catalonia, with several pro-independence groups calling demonstrations and blocking major roads in Barcelona. Early in the afternoon, the Tsunami Democràtic group called to block the Barcelona airport. The prison sentences attracted international attention, with major political figures reacting to the verdict.

Follow the latest developments here.

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Catalan human rights association denounces use of rubber bullets by Spanish police at Barcelona airport charges. The use of rubber bullets is forbidden in Catalonia.


Heavy police charges by Spanish police right now at Barcelona's Via Laietana.


Football coach Pep Guardiola reads statement on behalf of Tsunami Democràtic protest group, calling on the international community to take a clear stance on the conflict between Catalonia and Spain.


Collective Bella Ciao at Barcelona airport.


+100 flights cancelled at Barcelona airport due to protests


Tens of thousands gather in most cities and villages of Catalonia, often under the rain, against the verdict and in favour of independence.


Surprise action with 1.200 cars at Madrid airport right now.


Protesters sing Catalan anthem at Barcelona airport.


First police charges at Barcelona airport, where protestors keep arriving.


15 flights cancelled at Barcelona airport so far due to protests.


Greens/EFA in the European Parliament show solidarity with Catalan leaders and say sentences are a "travesty of justice".


Impressive picture of Barcelona airport filled with protestors.


Protesters keep heading towards Barcelona airport.


Thousands march on foot to Barcelona airport following the indication of the protest camapign Tsunami Democràtic.


FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué feels proud of his club after it states that "Prison is not the solution" in an announcement.


High-speed railway cut in Girona.


This is how the road to Barcelona airport looks right now.


Cabin crew reaches Barcelona airport on foot due to protests blocking accesses.

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