|RT | Apr 16, 2018|
The protesters, carrying numerous Catalan flags, walked behind a huge banner reading: “For rights and liberties, for democracy and unity, we want them back home!” Many in the crowd also chanted: "Freedom for the political prisoners."
This is #Barcelona#Catalonia#15A#Llibertat#Freedom#LlibertatPresosPolítics#FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners 🎗 pic.twitter.com/QL3bCy9axe— ((( Marc Portet i Bruguera ))) (@portet_bruguera) 15 апреля 2018 г.
When hundreds of thousans rally peacefully against Injustice, Justice has a huge problem #UsVolemACasa#Barcelona#Cataloniapic.twitter.com/y9R6impbG4— Josep Lagares (@JosepLagares) 15 апреля 2018 г.
Aerial images of the demonstration in Barcelona for the freedom of political prisoners. Awesome.#FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisonerspic.twitter.com/8rvCUNTCAr— Catalans for Yes 🎗️ (@CatalansForYes) 15 апреля 2018 г.
A photo my friend took in #Barcelona#Catalonia today. Freedom! #LlibertatPresosPolítics#FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisonerspic.twitter.com/Cni9rHQnhV— Mikko Kärnä (@KarnaMikko) 15 апреля 2018 г.
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Some other activists were forced to leave the country, while Madrid is also pushing for the extradition of the former president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, from Germany.
The head of the demonstration arrives to the end of the planned route. Thousands of people are gathered in #Barcelona, #Catalonia today to claim freedom for political prisoners.#UsVolemACasa#WeWantYouHome#LlibertatPresosPolítics#FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisonerspic.twitter.com/mcniLS2q2E— Helle Kettner (@HelleKettner) 15 апреля 2018 г.
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However, Spanish authorities declared the plebiscite illegal and launched a crackdown on the pro-independence movement. Catalonia has been put under Madrid’s direct rule since then, with the region’s new leader to be elected on May 22.