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    Jordi Cuixart (L), leader of Omnium Cultural, and Jordi Sanchez of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), arrive to the High Court in Madrid, Spain, October 16, 2017.

    Two Catalan Leaders' Arrest Is 'Outrageous Display of Authoritarian Power'

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    The Spanish national court has sentenced two Catalan activists, presidents of the Omnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), for their role in the controversial referendum of Catalonia.

    The two Catalan activists, sentenced by the Spanish national court, are the first political prisoners of a state that is considered democratic, suggesting that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government is not afraid of acting on its threats.

    Sputnik correspondent Maud Start spoke with Adria Alsina, the representative of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), about what the arrests mean for Catalonia.

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