as the protesters marched via the metropolis some waved the red-and-yellow striped Catalan flag and carried symptoms. A banner on the the front of the march read: "Self-determination isn't against the law."

talking to journalists on the protest, Catalonia's regional President Quim Torra said the march in Madrid become wished a good way to decry a tribulation that he defined as a "farce."

Catalan politicians face existence sentences

nine of the 12 Catalan politicians and activists on trial at Madrid's best court docket face up to 25 years in prison on rebellion and other prices for holding a banned independence referendum for the northeastern area and pushing beforehand with an independence announcement that Madrid stated changed into illegal.

The Catalan disaster will play a chief function in the upcoming vote, with three right-leaning events, the conservative popular birthday party (PP), center-proper Ciudadanos and the exceedingly new some distance-right Vox birthday party all calling for Spain to take a harder role with separatists.

Polls display the assist of Catalan events may additionally show decisive if high Minister Pedro Sanchez is to form a central authority after the vote.

Sanchez's Socialists are expected to win the maximum seats, but they will possibly fall brief of a parliamentary majority.

law/cmk (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)