COMMENT

The demonstrations, some of them violent, are still going on in Catalonia a week after Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine separatist leaders for between nine and 13 years for sedition. This was the last thing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez needed three weeks before a national election in which his Socialist Party was already losing ground to right-wing nationalists.

Catalan separatists are convinced the evil "Spanish state" is conspiring to crush their movement, but the court had little choice. Those leaders deliberately broke the law, holding an illegal independence referendum two years ago in which few but the separatists voted,

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