The Catalan secessionist movement takes on “Spanish justice”


Thousands of people gather under the slogan 'For Democracy, Defend our Institutions' in downtown Barcelona, Catalonia, northeastern Spain, 13 November 2016, in support of a total of 407 Catalonian pro-independence public officials-elect investigated by Spanish courts. The defendants are accused of several offenses including denying to raise the Spanish national flag in city halls, disobeying the Spanish courts or for their role in the referendum on independence on 09 November 2014.

The Catalan secessionist movement takes on “Spanish justice”

Spain has had a caretaking administration for ten months and has formed an unstable minority government in October; meanwhile, Catalonia remains on track for secession.

The battle now is turning into a confrontation between the Spanish rule of law and the Catalan secessionist movement. Spain’s Constitutional Court could test the limits of the Catalan secessionist resolve by prosecuting the movement’s leadership.

Paradoxically, it could also favour the Catalan secessionist movement by alien...

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