UK: Activists gather at Spanish consulate in solidarity with Catalonia

Protesters gathered at the Spanish consulate in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.

Activists gathered outside the Spanish consulate in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, on Saturday, to express their solidarity with the Catalan people and to protest against the measures taken by the Spanish government against the region's secession bid.

One protester said, "It was an absolute disgrace that this can happen in Europe, a so called democracy, a so called country which is meant to be free. It was their right to make their own choice."

Another protester said, "I defend the right of people to their choice just as we are able to do it in Scotland", urging both sides of the crisis "to work together peacefully to find a solution which truly represents the settled world of the Catalan people".

After the Catalan government declared independence on 27 October, the Spanish government dismissed the region's leader Carles Puigdemont, his administration and dissolved parliament. Several government and civic figures, including Puidgemont, were charged with rebellion, sedition and the misuse of public funds.

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