Thousands Of Catalan Separatist Supporters March In Madrid

The protesters, many of whom made the journey from Catalonia, waved Catalan flags [Juan Medina/Reuters]

BBC: Big pro-Catalan rally staged in Madrid

Tens of thousands of supporters of Catalan independence have rallied in Spain's capital Madrid in protest at an ongoing trial of 12 separatist leaders.

Many waved Catalan flags and had placards reading "Self-determination is not a crime".

Protest organisers said 120,000 people marched in Madrid. Spanish police put the number at just 18,000.

The separatist leaders of Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid face rebellion and sedition charges.

If convicted, some could face up to 25 years in prison.

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More News On Today's Pro-Catalan Rally In Madrid

Marchers in Madrid back Catalan separatists on trial -- AP
Thousands of Catalan separatist supporters protest in Madrid -- Reuters
Catalan independence march passes through Madrid peacefully -- The Guardian
Thousands of Catalan separatist supporters protest in Madrid -- RTE
Mass rally in Madrid against trial of Catalan separatist leaders -- Al Jazeera

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