Over 300000 march through Barcelona demanding release of Catalonia leaders

Thousands Rally in Barcelona Demanding Release of Detained Politicians (PHOTOS)

It is estimated that more than 300.000 people participated in the protest.

"They need to demonstrate that there was violence to execute the sentences that they want, so they invent it", she said.

Spain's justice minister, Rafael Catala, has called the yellow ribbons "insulting", arguing that Spain has no political prisoners but "politicians in prison".

Hundreds of buses brought protesters from across the wealthy northeastern region of Spain to Barcelona, the Catalan capital, for the march.

The regional chapters of Spain's two leading labor unions, along with other civil society groups, supported the protest, despite the complaints from some members who disagree with secession for Catalonia.

It is not the moment of trials or arrests, but of building bridges and finding a solution, assured the General Secretary of the UGT of Catalonia, Camil Ros. "It is time to build bridges and the Catalan problem can not be solved through the courts but by dialogue and politics", he added.

We will remind that the former head of the Catalan Generalitat left the prison in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein after the court agreed to release him on bail during the pendency of the request of Spain for his extradition.

Lawmakers defied court orders and held that a referendum on autonomy. Both men face rebellion charges which could lead to jail terms of 30 years.

Also leaders of the coalition of left Catalonia in ComĂș-Podem came together; they are opposed to independence but in favor of Catalans' right to decide.

Catalonia has been without a government since late December, when pro-independence parties won another majority in parliamentary elections. If a new leader is not named before the end of May, Catalonia will be forced to call another election.

"Internally, political tensions in Catalonia could generate episodes of lack of confidence", Linde said in a speech before the Spanish parliament.



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