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Protesters Challenge Spanish Government Deal Granting Amnesty to Catalan Separatists

HeadlineNov 13, 2023

In Spain, major protests rocked Madrid and other cities over the weekend after acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez agreed to grant amnesty to leaders of the Catalan separatist group Junts in exchange for their support to form a new government, which would secure another term for Sánchez as Spain’s leader. Carles Puigdemont, head of Junts, has been in exile in Brussels since he and others were convicted over Catalonia’s attempt to secede from Spain in 2017. The proposed amnesty deal would allow separatist leaders to run for office again. Sánchez’s conservative opponents have slammed the deal and urged their supporters to take to the streets. Sánchez and his Socialist Workers’ Party formed a coalition with the leftist Sumar alliance last month and made a series of progressive pledges.

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