Piccadilly Circus. London. UK 28 Oct 2017 - Demonstrators protest in London’s Piccadilly Circus against Spanish repression and authoritarianism. The protesters demand immediate release of the political prisoners Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez. They also request the UK Government to condemn the violence towards undefended peaceful civilians during the referendum vote in Catalonia and to recognise the Republic of Catalonia.
On 23 October 2017 Spain’s national court denied bail to Jordi Sánchez, the president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, the president of Òmnium Cultural. Both men are being investigated for alleged sedition in the run-up to the regional independence referendum held on 1 October 2017. Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain and proclaim a republic, just as Madrid is poised to impose direct rule on the region to stop it in its tracks.