Protesters gather in Barcelona to demand release of jailed Catalan politicians

Demonstrators hold up photographs of exiled or imprisoned Catalan politicians as they wave Catalan pro-independence (Photo by AFP)

A large protest was held in Barcelona with pro-independence supporters calling for the release of jailed Catalan separatist politicians. 

National Catalan Assembly organised the event and said the arrested separatists are political prisoners. An international arrest warrant had been issued for all five separatist leaders, but a Spanish judge later withdrew it. The warrant, however, could be reactivated.

Catalonia's separatists are currently negotiating the formation of a regional government after pro-independence parties retained a majority of seats in elections in December.

(Source: AP)

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