Tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Barcelona to protest against the detention of two leading Catalan separatists.
On Monday (Oct 16) Spain’s national court jailed Catalan National Assembly (ANC) president, Jordi Sanchez and Omnium Cultural chief Jordi Cuixart, pending investigations for alleged sedition.
⚠️200,000 people take to the streets of Barcelona demanding release of pro-independence leaders, according to police figures pic.twitter.com/cs3lmlb3CP— Catalan News (@catalannews) October 17, 2017
Sanchez and Cuixart are accused of inciting demonstrators to stop police officers halting preparations for the October 1st independence referendum.
However a recording has come to light of the alleged incident but where the two men are apparently calling on the crowd to disperse and to return to their homes peacefully.