Catalonia leader in dock over rogue independence referendum, as thousands cheer outside


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Over 5,000 supporters of Catalan President Minister Arturo Mas filled the streets of Barcelona ahead of the first day of a trial for organizing an unsanctioned independence referendum last year.

The leader of Spain’s secessionist region could be suspended from office or face up to a year in prison on charges of civil disobedience, prevarication and misuse of public funds.

But Mas appeared defiant, as he led a throng of 400 pro-independence lobbyists, mayors, councilors and deputies to the courtroom, to loud cheers of “Independence!” and “This court does not represent us!”

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