Hundreds of thousands of Catalan independence supporters flooded the streets of Barcelona yesterday calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders after a supreme court ruling frustrated their latest attempt to elect a regional leader. Supreme court judge Pablo Llarena refused last week to release Jordi Sànchez from jail to attend an inauguration debate, meaning he did not qualify for the position.
Around 350,000 demonstrators clogged several main city arteries waving flags and wearing yellow in support of separatist leaders jailed for their role in the region’s banned drive to split from Spain last year.
If a new leader is not named before the end of May, Catalonia will be forced to call another election.
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