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Under investigation for sedition: top Catalan officials in court

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Under investigation for sedition: top Catalan officials in court

<p>Senior officers from Catalonia’s regional police force, including chief Josep-Lluis Trapero, have appeared in Spain’s National Court in Madrid.</p> <p>They are being investigated for sedition following <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/05/catalonia-stops-and-the-people-take-possession-of-their-streets">demonstrations</a> in Barcelona in which members of the Guardia Civil force were <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/03/spanish-police-forced-out-of-catalonia-by-protesters">imprisoned</a> in their building and their cars damaged. Guardia Civil agents have been accused by some of using undue violence to disrupt the Catalan independence referendum.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fire fighters join crowds in Barcelona protesting at the violence of the Guardia Civil during the Referedum vote. <a href="https://t.co/ZTkmHSYv3U">pic.twitter.com/ZTkmHSYv3U</a></p>— Grouse Beater (@Grouse_Beater) <a href="https://twitter.com/Grouse_Beater/status/915317187891654657?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 3, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>These acts which carry a potential sentence of 15 years in prison. The court has the power to place all the suspects in provisional custody.</p> <h3>Separatist leaders</h3> <p>Also under investigation are Jordi Sanchez, head of the Catalan National Assembly (<span class="caps">ANC</span>), and Jordi Cuixart, head of Omnium Cultural.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thanks for your solidarity <a href="https://t.co/7F6w1G4B6Y">https://t.co/7F6w1G4B6Y</a></p>— Jordi Cuixart (@jcuixart) <a href="https://twitter.com/jcuixart/status/915567337910226944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>These separatist leaders claim to have won <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/02/catalans-back-a-yes-vote-for-independence">90% of the vote</a> in the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/05/catalonia-why-do-some-want-independence-from-spain">recent referendum</a> with a turnout of 42.3%, and are said to be considering a <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/06/will-catalonia-see-independence-bid-through">unilateral declaration of independence</a>.</p> <p>The Spanish government does not recognize the vote and the courts have declared it to be unconstitutional.</p>