750,000 people flood Barcelona demanding release of Catalan leaders

750,000 people flood Barcelona demanding release of Catalan leaders

Wearing yellow ribbons on their lapels to signify support, they filled the length of the Avenue Marina that runs from the beach to Barcelona's iconic Sagrada Familia church, while the jailed leaders' families made speeches.

Hundreds of thousands of Catalan independence supporters clogged one of Barcelona's main avenues on Saturday to demand the release of separatist leaders held in prison for their roles in the region's banned drive to split from Spain.

Wearing yellow ribbons on their lapels to signify support, they filled the length of the Avenue Marina that runs from the beach to Barcelona's iconic Sagrada Familia church, while the jailed leaders' families made speeches.

Catalonia's two main grassroots independence groups called the march, under the slogan "Freedom for the political prisoners," after their leaders were remanded in custody on charges of sedition last month.

The protest is seen as a test of how the independence movement's support has fared since the Catalan government declared independence on Oct. 27, prompting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to fire its members, dissolve the regional parliament and call new elections for December.

An opinion poll this week showed that pro-independence parties would win the largest share of the vote, though a majority was not assured and question marks remain over ousted regional head Carles Puigdemont's leadership of the separatist cause.

"Look at all the people here," said 63-year-old Pep Morales. "The independence movement is still going strong."

Barcelona police said about 750,000 people had attended and many had come from across Catalonia. They carried photos with the faces of those in prison and waved the red-and-yellow striped Catalan independence flag.

The Spanish High Court has jailed eight former Catalan government members, along with the leaders of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural, while investigations continue.

"I hope your affection reaches the families and friends of the victims of this cruel sentence," Omnium's deputy head, Marcel Macri, told the crowd.

The High Court last week issued arrest warrants on charges of rebellion and sedition for Puigdemont, who flew to Brussels after being deposed, and four other former government members who went with him.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled to release on bail the Catalan parliament's speaker Carme Forcadell and four other lawmakers, who enabled the declaration of independence by overseeing a parliamentary vote. Another lawmaker was released without bail.

Forcadell left jail on Friday after agreeing to renounce any political activity that went against the Spanish constitution, in effect banning her from campaigning for independence in the December election.

Those terms threaten to undermine the independence movement just as cracks are starting to appear and tensions rise between the grassroots and their leaders.

Puigdemont's PDeCAT party has failed to agree on a united ticket to contest the election with another secessionist party, the ERC, denting the pro-independence camp's hopes of pressing ahead after the election.

On Saturday, the ERC said former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras, one of those in jail, would be its candidate in December and would campaign from behind bars.

Pepita Sole, a 61-year-old pensioner in the crowd on Saturday, said she understood the Oct. 27 declaration was symbolic but now wanted the real thing.

Hariri's party denounces attacks on Saudi Arabia and Iranian intervention in region

Hariri's party denounces attacks on Saudi Arabia and Iranian intervention in region

The party of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who unexpectedly quit a week ago while in Saudi Arabia, denounced o Devamı...

“We will not be silent”:

“We will not be silent”:

“We will not be silent”: American Jews hit the streets during Hanukkah to fight Islamophobia and racism.Jewish Voice for Devamı...

Yes, Erdoğan can

Yes, Erdoğan can

Rsian fighter jets violated Turkish airspace on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. Turkish authorities responded to both violations with Devamı...

The Erdoğan stance, rising Turkey, the new ‘One Minute’

The Erdoğan stance, rising Turkey, the new ‘One Minute’

Wtever anyone says, the plane crisis between Turkey and Russia is the deepest crisis since the Cold War, and can lead to Devamı...

Refugee girl's body washed up on Turkey's western coast

Refugee girl's body washed up on Turkey's western coast

Image of drowned Syrian girl stirs memories of Aylan Kurdi, found on beach in September Devamı...

YAZARLAR

Dr.Zülkarneyn VARDAR

Çağımızın Yeni Dini “TERÖRİZM” Devamı...

Prof.Dr.Abdullah KAHRAMAN

Saf olmak, ağır vebal getirir Devamı...

Mustafa KASADAR

Arkadaşlarıma deki o açlıktan öldü Devamı...

Arslan ATEŞ

Kurtuldun Erbakan Hocam Devamı...

Şahmettin BALAHORLI

PROJE İHO VE İHL OKULLARI Devamı...

Ali İmran BOSTANCIOĞLU

Beşeri Sermayeden Etkin İstifadeye Dair Devamı...

H.Fehmi ÇİÇEK

“Yok mu bir kurtarıcı” Devamı...

Av.Mustafa Karakaş

Anayasa Değişikliği, Yargı Tarafsızlığı Devamı...

Beytullah DEMİRCİOĞLU

Ortadoğu-Batı Dünyası Arasındaki Yaklaşım Farkı Devamı...

FOTO GALERİ

ENGLİSH

ARABIC

TÜRKİYE

İSLAM ALEMİ

DÜNYA

VAHİY KÜLTÜRÜ

KÜLTÜR SANAT

STORE

RÖPORTAJ

DÜŞÜNCE ARAŞTIRMA İNCELEME YORUM

TARİH DOSYASI

EĞİTİM

SPOR

VİDEO

EKONOMİ

Comprar Cialis Cialis Cialis Daily Cialis Generico Cialis Original comprar Kamagra Cialis Super Active Cialis Professional Comprar Cialis Daily Comprar Cialis Comprar Levitra Viagra generico Comprar Cialis Generico Cialis Generico Comprar Cialis Original Comprar Cialis Professional Comprar Cialis Super Active

Time Alem © 2015 Yasal uyarı : Sitemizdeki tüm yazı, resim ve haberlerin her hakkı saklıdır. İzinsiz ve kaynak gösterilmeden kullanılması kesinlikle yasaktır.

viagra naturel viagra homme viagra pour homme viagra wirkung viagra wirkstoff
Comprar Cialis Cialis Cialis Daily Cialis Generico Cialis Original Comprar Cialis Daily Cialis Professional comprar Kamagra Cialis Super Active Comprar Levitra Comprar Cialis Comprar Cialis Super Active Viagra generico Sildenafil generico Comprar Cialis Generico Cialis Generico Comprar Levitra Comprar Cialis Original Comprar Cialis Professional Comprar Cialis
Scarpe nike air force Reebok Adidas Scarpe nike sb air jordan adidas nike shox hogan Scarpe scarpe calcio Tiffany christian louboutin Scarpe Adidas superstar