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 A demonstrator waves an Estelada, the unofficial flag used by Catalan independence supporters, during protests in Girona on Wednesday night. Photograph: David Borrat/EPA

At least 80 people, including 46 police officers, have been injured during the most violent of three nights of rioting over the imprisonment of Catala(...)

Demonstrators participate in a sit-in in Barcelona on Wednesday during a demonstration called by the local Republic Defence Committees. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

The Spanish government is under pressure from opposition parties to introduce direct rule in Catalonia, as the region saw a third consecutive day of d(...)

Protesters demonstrate in Brussels after Spain’s supreme court sentenced nine separatist leaders from Catalonia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Jasper Jacobs/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

In the sombre, carefully gardened surroundings of Montjuïc cemetery, on a hill above Barcelona, Josep Camarasa cuts an unusual figure. Dressed in jean(...)

Carme  Forcadell, the former speaker of the Catalan parliament, who has been jailed for over 11 years for sedition, casts her ballot in the Catalan regional election on December 21st, 2017. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

On Monday, Spain’s supreme court announced its verdict in the landmark trial of 12 Catalan leaders accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public(...)

People react to the verdict outside Lledoners jail in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, where Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras was jailed. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images.

Spain’s supreme court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan independence leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in a f(...)

 Catalan pro-independence protesters gather at the Plaza d’Espanya on the eve of the expected announcement of the sentence in the trial against imprisoned Catalan political leaders. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia

Spain’s supreme court is due to issue its verdict on the most politically charged legal case the country has seen in modern times, against 12 Catalan (...)

Catalan regional president Quim Torra  attends a rally organised by the pro-independence party JxCat outside the Lledoners prison in Barcelona. Photograph:  Susanna Saez

Exactly two years ago, Spain’s territorial crisis, which had been smouldering for over half a decade, suddenly ignited. The touch-paper was a referen(...)

People hold “Esteladas”, Catalan pro-independence flags, as they watch boats participating in a pro-independence gathering from the Pont del Petroli in Badalona. Photograph:  Josep Lago/AFP

It has become as much a part of early autumn in Catalonia as falling leaves and children going back to school. Every September 11th, hundreds of thous(...)

Portraits of Catalan separatists leaders:   the case is widely seen as the most important, and politically charged,  in Spain’s modern era. Photograph: Luis  Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-independence activists plan to assemble giant TV screens in town squares across Catalonia so that locals can follow events taking place sever(...)

Main candidates for Spanish general election: People’s Party’s Pablo Casado, prime minister and Socialist Workers’ Party Pedro Sanchez, Ciudadanos’s Albert Rivera and Unidas Podemos’s Pablo Iglesias. Photograph: Sergio Perez

In Madrid’s Plaza de Colón, the largest Spanish flag in the country hangs from a 50m-high mast and opposite stands a symbol of Spain’s Golden Age: a s(...)

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