Spain’s Supreme Court is bracing to hold the nation’s most sensitive trial in four decades of democracy this week with all eyes focused on its ability to stand up to concerted campaign by Catalonia’s separatists to attack its credibility.
(Manu Fernandez, File/Associated Press) MADRID — The Latest on Spain-Catalonia trial and politics (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Spain’s prime minister has acknowledged that it’s doubtful his government will be able to gain enough support to keep alive its attempt to pass a national budget.
The opening of the parliamentary budget debate coincides with the start of a politically-charged trial at Spain’s Supreme Court, where 12 Catalan separatist leaders face charges for their role in a 2017 secession attempt.
___ 2 p.m. Spain’s taxation minister says the Spanish government won’t yield to pressure from Catalan separatist parties to open talks on the northeastern region’s self-determination in exchange for support for the country’s 2019 budget.
The former leader of Catalonia’s independence movement who fled from Spain has called for 12 separatists starting trial in Madrid to be absolved for their alleged crimes.
The dozen high-profile separatists whose trial at Spain’s Supreme Court began Tuesday face charges that include rebellion.
___ 9:45 a.m. Protesters have blocked highways in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia, as the trial of separatist leaders gets underway in the country’s Supreme Court in Madrid.
Tuesday’s protests, which have also led authorities to close off some main roads in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, were timed with the start of arguably Spain’s most consequential trial in four decades of democracy.
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