'By sentencing nine Catalan politicians to a total 100 years in prison for “sedition” over nonviolent resistance, Madrid has made them martyrs and signed its death warrant, former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond told RT.
The Spanish court’s sentencing of nine Catalan politicians to between nine and 13 years in prison each for the archaic offense of sedition over their peaceful efforts to achieve independence “will be a day of democratic infamy as far as Spain is concerned,” Salmond told RT on Monday. Worse – for Spain, at least – it is a sign that Spanish control of the province is coming to an end.
The sentences were “antidemocratic, oppressive and totally counterproductive” for the Spanish government, because “now [the pro-independence politicians] will achieve martyrdom,” Salmond explained.
This is the day that these Spanish judges actually sealed the fate of the Spanish state. I don’t see the Catalan crisis ending now anywhere except in Catalan independence.
The Catalans were found guilty of sedition, but not rebellion, the most serious of the charges they faced over the 2017 declaration of independence. The secession attempt followed a referendum, banned by the Madrid government, that saw 90 percent of Catalans vote for independence despite a heavy-handed crackdown on those 42 percent who turned out to polls.'
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