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World News January 31, 2024

45,000 protest in Madrid against Catalan amnesty deal

Around 45,000 people protested in Madrid against the amnesty deal for Catalan separatist leaders that enabled Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to maintain power. The People’s Party (PP) contends that the Amnesty Law is a step toward granting Catalonia an official independence referendum. The law allows exiled Catalan leaders, including Carles Puigdemont, to return and grants amnesty to over 200 people involved in the failed 2017 independence attempt. Recently declassified documents revealed Spain’s intelligence services used Pegasus spy software to monitor Catalonia’s current President, Pere Aragonés, during Sanchez’s tenure. The PP believes Sanchez may offer a referendum, and opposition leader Alberto Nuñez Feijoo called for a “civic rebellion.” The Amnesty Law faces a crucial vote in Spain’s Congress amid the ongoing political turmoil.

Source – CGTN

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