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.
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.
S'estan disparant pilotes de goma per part de la policia nacional a la T1 de l'aeroport. Ja no només foam. Les pilotes de goma estan PROHIBIDES a Catalunya. Gravíssim. #SentenciaProces #Tsunamidemocratic pic.twitter.com/tovO2R6osG— Observatori del Sistema Penal i els Drets Humans (@OSPDH1) October 14, 2019
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.
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Greens/EFA in the European Parliament show solidarity with Catalan leaders and say sentences are a "travesty of justice".
Showing solidarity to the Catalan leaders.— Greens/EFA in the EU Parliament 🌍 (@GreensEFA) October 14, 2019
We consider this ruling disproportionate and call for a political solution.
Read more 👉 https://t.co/89m6B7Hc80 #catalonia #Catalunya #SentenciaDelProces pic.twitter.com/zMIrMQYe1N
Thousands march on foot to Barcelona airport following the indication of the protest camapign Tsunami Democràtic.
Thousands of citizens march on foot to #Barcelona's airport to protest against the 100-years-jail conviction of 9 #Catalonia's political & civil leaders for organizing the 2017 independence #referendum.#Standup4Cataloniapic.twitter.com/nLIL5c5nEn— [ David d'Ent.🎗#JoSócCDR ] (@denterd) October 14, 2019
"Catalan separatist leaders given lengthy prison sentences", headline by The Guardian.