More jailed Catalan leaders join hunger strike

Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and Joaquim Forn and Clara Ponsati
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Two more jailed Catalan separatist leaders have joined a hunger strike started by their companions on Saturday.

The arrested leaders Josep Rull and Joaquim Forn, released a statement on Monday saying they would join the hunger strike started by Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull two days ago.

“We also voluntarily renounce food intake as of 8:00 p.m. on Monday,” the men said.

The leaders are protesting against the Spanish courts failure to process numerous appeals for their cases as they await trial.

Ocotber 16, 2018.REUTERS/Albert Gea

Catalonia declared independence last year following an illegal referendum. Madrid shortly after took direct control of the region and the Supreme court brought charges including misuse of public funds and rebellion against several Catalan leaders, nine of them are in jail awaiting trial.