Five people were detained in Barcelona during a protest against the sentence of the former Catalan leader

During the demonstrations, some protesters threw stones and firecrackers at police stations and some participants erected barricades and burned bins.

At least five people were detained in Barcelona during protests by pro-independence supporters of Catalonia against the decision of the Spanish Supreme Court (SC) against the ex-President of the government in the region, Kim Torra. This was reported to the TASS correspondent on Tuesday by the Catalan police.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that Torro should not be allowed to hold public office for 18 months. This led to the loss of his status as head of the Cabinet. Immediately after the court decision, the organisations advocating the withdrawal of the autonomy from Spain announced their intention to hold demonstrations. In Barcelona, some protesters threw stones and firecrackers at police stations and some participants erected barricades and burned waste bins.

One of the organisers of the demonstrations was the so-called Committees for the Defence of the Republic. It was the movement’s supporters who in the past were involved in actions in the region, which ended in riots.

According to local media reports, a few days before the Torra ruling, the Catalan police were already on standby due to possible protests. The verdict was also handed down in the run-up to the anniversary of the illegal referendum on Catalonia’s independence which took place on 1 October 2017.

The Supreme Court was considering Torra’s appeal against the decision of the Supreme Court of Catalonia, which ruled last December in a case of disobedience of the Spanish CEC in the run-up to the country’s elections. At that time, the head of the autonomy’s government was deprived of the right to hold public office. On Monday, the Supreme Court confirmed this verdict.

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