The German daily Frankfurter Rundschau criticises the Spanish Supreme Court’s decision to issue lengthy prison terms to the leaders of the 2017 Catalan independence drive.
In a Tuesday editorial, the newspaper writes that the ruling against politicians and activists is well justified and nevertheless fallible.
“Was the independence referendum on Oct. 1, 2017, a tumultuous upheaval?
“It doesn’t need to be viewed as such.
“A ruling of rebellion and misuse of public funds would have been just as appropriate, had it been met with a smaller punishment and in doing so served a peaceful society.
“A politician like Oriol Junqueras, who has been sentenced to 13 years in prison because he flouted the constitution but did not call for violence, can be nothing but a martyr in the eyes of his supporters.
“The Catalan separatists see themselves as oppressed, and now they have a symbol of oppression,’’ the newspaper wrote. (NAN)
Edited by Halima Sheji/Abdulfatah Babatunde