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Spain: Pedro Sanchez to release jailed Catalan separatist leaders

The Spanish government intends to pardon tomorrow the nine imprisoned leaders of the failed attempt of independence of Catalonia in 2017

Συνάντηση του Πρωθυπουργού Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη με τον Πρωθυπουργό της Ισπανίας Πέδρο Σάντσεθ. Δευτέρα 10 Μαίου 2021 (EUROKINISSI/ΜΙΧΑΛΗΣ ΚΑΡΑΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ)

With the pardon, which the cabinet must approve at its weekly meeting, Sanchez aims to defuse tensions in the northeastern region and start negotiations between the central government and the Catalan authorities.

Polls show that 60% of Spaniards, like all opposition parties, oppose the release of the nine politicians and activists.

They were imprisoned in 2019 for their role in the chaotic and often violent events that led to the biggest political crisis in Spain in recent decades.

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