Prevent planned attack: Catalan separatists arrested

Spanish police today arrested nine Catalan separatists. They wanted to carry out violent actions and wanted to use explosive material. It is unclear what precisely the separatists intended to do, according to the report of the local newspaper El Periódico.

The arrested persons are said to have links with the separatist Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDR). They would have wanted to carry out their actions at the beginning of October.

It will be two years since the then separatist government of Catalonia, led by Carles Puigdemont, held an illegal referendum on independence. Approximately 40% of those entitled to vote, almost exclusively separatists, cast their votes, and 90% of those voters voted in favor of secession.

Twelve prominent leaders of the Catalan regional government had to answer to the courts. They have been accused of high treason and misuse of public money. The verdict against the separatists is expected shortly.

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