Former Catalan President Artur Mas (second right) appears at the TSJC (Superior Court of Catalonia) in Barcelona, 6 February 2017

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Mr Mas and members of the Catalan authorities sing the Catalan nationwide anthem exterior the courtroom

Hundreds of supporters crammed the streets exterior a courtroom in Barcelona on Monday as the previous Catalan president Artur Mas went on trial.

He’s accused of involvement within the Spanish area’s unofficial vote on independence in November 2014.

Mr Mas is accused of great civil disobedience after the vote went forward in defiance of Spain’s constitutional courtroom.

Prosecutors are calling for him to be disqualified from workplace for ten years.

It’s the first time chief of the Catalan authorities has gone on trial. Artur Mas is happening trial with two former associates. The case is being utilized by pro-independence supporters to galvanise their marketing campaign, and the present authorities has promised to carry a brand new vote in September.

Learn extra right here: Will Catalonia try to secede this year?

The 9 November 2014 vote, which was not binding, went forward regardless of fierce opposition by the Spanish authorities.

Catalan officers say greater than 80% of those that voted backed independence, nonetheless solely two million voters out of an estimated 5.four million eligible took half.

Catalonia is one among Spain’s richest and most highly-industrialised areas, and in addition some of the independent-minded.

With a definite historical past stretching again to the early Center Ages, many Catalans consider themselves as a separate nation from the remainder of Spain.