‘Tens of thousands’ march in Madrid to support Catalan separatists on trial

POSTAL DELIVERIES: Staff shortages in Campohermoso (Nijar) mean posties having to work in searing heat Photo credit: CC/Tiia Monto

CATALAN pro-independence demonstrators marched on Madrid today to support the nine politicians and activists standing trial in Spain for rebellion and other charges after staging a banned referendum in October 2017.

Organisers had expected around 50,000 protesters in Spain’s capital city, most of them travelling from Cataluña in 500 buses.

A huge banner with the message “self-determination is not a crime” headed the march.

More than 500 officers – including riot police – were deployed to cover the march.

There were reports that several coaches were pelted with stones, shattering the windows, as the protestors left the city.

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