Thursday 22 February 2018

Demonstrators in Catalonia against Madrid crackdown could face sedition charges

Ballot papers thrown by demonstrators float next to a huge independence flag in Catalonia (AP)
Ballot papers thrown by demonstrators float next to a huge independence flag in Catalonia (AP)

Spain is considering sedition charges against demonstrators who protested against a police crackdown on an October 1 referendum on independence for Catalonia.

Investigative Judge Carmen Lamela said on Wednesday the National Court would investigate if the September 20 demonstration constituted a tumultuous uprising against police, which could constitute sedition.

The judge called on Spain's paramilitary Civil Guard to provide information.

The decision followed a complaint by the court's chief prosecutor that named two civil groups as organisers of the demonstration in Barcelona.

It took place outside a building that police had raided and two Civil Guard vehicles were attacked.

The groups, Catalan National Assembly and Omnium Cultural, are two of the driving forces behind the call for Catalan independence.

The scheduled vote is not recognised as lawful by Madrid.

AP

Press Association

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