Facing growing protests, growing police crackdowns, and a looming secession vote, Spanish prosecutors are trying to tamp down Catalan independence ambitions by filing criminal complaints formally accusing multiple Catalans of sedition.
Those named in complaints so far included two leaders in the Catalan National Assembly movement, and Omnium, two of the region’s top secessionist movements, both accused of fueling support for the referendum.
Prosecutors also broadly accused Catalan protesters in general of sedition, though with thousands of people in the streets, they conceded it was impossible to identify most of them. Officials cited this mounting unrest in the deployment of more national police to the region.
This is just the latest in a string of moves y prosecutors around the Catalonia vote, with prosecutors having previously summoned over 700 mayors and threatened to arrest them all for agreeing to allow the referendum to take place in their towns.