Tensions high as Spain starts trial of Catalan separatists

Tensions high as Spain starts trial of Catalan separatists

MADRID (Reuters) - Twelve Catalan secessionist leaders go on trial in Spain's high court on Tuesday, charged for their role in a failed independence bid 16 months ago that deeply divided the country and triggered the biggest political crisis in decades. Hundreds of police, including from anti-terrorism units, have been deployed around the Supreme Court building in central Madrid. The defendants, facing charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds, will not speak in court on the first day of the trial, which is reserved for procedural issues.

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