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FC Barcelona: Prison not the answer for Catalonia leaders

FC Barcelona have condemned the jail sentences given to leaders of Catalan separatist leaders because of their roles at a forbidden 2017 liberty referendum.
Spain court sentenced the former deputy leader of Catalonia Monday to 13 years in prison. Yet another eight leaders, out of 12 online trial, were found guilty of sedition and were imprisoned for between 2 and 13 years.
Prison isnt the answer, but said a Barcelona statement published on Monday.
The club played a La Liga match against Las Palmas behind closed doors at the Nou Camp because of protests in the city over the liberty survey, that the Spanish authorities declared illegal.
Throughout the match, the scoreboard carried a picture of a ballot box and also the worddemocracy onto it.
The team said it was wrongto prevent citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression.
Gerard Pique, who plays for Spain and Barcelona, was one of those who voted at the survey.
On Monday he said waspleased to become a part of this club after the statement which called for the conflict in Catalonia to be resolvedsolely from political dialogue.
In precisely exactly the identical way that the preventative prison sentence did not help to solve the conflict, neither will the prison sentence granted now, because prison is not the answer, the statement said.
More than ever the team asks all of political leaders to lead a process of discussion and negotiation to resolve this particular conflict, which should also allow for the launch of convicted civic and political leaders.
FC Barcelona additionally occupies all of its support and solidarity to the families of people who are deprived of their freedom.
La Liga side Espanyol, also based in Barcelona, said theirrespect for judicial decisions but also called for public governmentto find democratic and political solutions into asocial crisis.
Girona, who play Barcelona and compete in the Spanish second division, resisted the ruling out of the Spanish Supreme Court and reaffirmed their standing asa guardian of freedom of expression and in favor of the right to pick.
The team said they werecommitted to starting a process of dialogue and discussion between all parties, even without limits or requirements.
The Catalan Football Federation said it would terminate all federal activity,in solidarity with condemned Native American politicians and social celebrities and their families.
Soon after Mondays judgment countless civil servants and students started protesting from the capital of Barcelona.
Although civil servants were reported from other towns protesters blocked roads.

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