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Burning car during a protest near Catalan Ministry

A person extinguishes a burning car during a protest near Catalan Ministry of Interior in Barcelona, Spain, October 16, 2019. Spain’s Supreme Court found nine politicians and activists guilty of sedition on October 14 and sentenced them to up to 13 years in jail, leading to the worst sustained street violence in Spain in decades.

In 2017, pro-independence leaders staged a banned referendum and then declared they were breaking away from Spain.

The Spanish government immediately seized control of the Catalan administration and the ringleaders were put on trial.

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