The Supreme Court charged the Catalan officials, including the latest candidate for regional presidency, with rebellion over their links to last October’s independence vote and declared them flight risks.
Barcelona health authorities said 24 people had requested medical help, most of them for bruises, after police used batons to stop protesters from marching on a Spanish government outpost in the autonomy.
A total of 25 Catalan officials were charged Friday with various offences linked to the referendum, which the top court had ruled illegal. Thirteen of them were accused of rebellion.
Thousands of protesters in #Barcelona shout to #Catalonia's police (now under direct Madrid rule): "El vostre Conseller és a la presó!" = "Your (Interior) Minister is jailed in prison!"#FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners 🎗🎗#CatalanSpringpic.twitter.com/wGc1xvTYW1— David d'Enterria *X (@denterd) March 23, 2018
Thousands of protesters in #Barcelona shout "Ja n'hi ha prou!" = "Enough is enough!" in front of Spain's Govt HQ in #Catalonia.#FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners🎗🎗 #CatalanSpringpic.twitter.com/d0GcthTdGp— David d'Enterria *X (@denterd) March 23, 2018
Protests erupted in other Catalan cities. Demonstrators were seen burning portraits of the Spanish king and calling for a general strike. In Barcelona, traffic was blocked on several motorways, while an estimated 10,000 rallied in the main square.