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Catalonia pro-independence party wants "political prisoners" released

Nationalist activists march in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday during a mass rally against Catalonia's declaration of independence. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

After Catalonia's pro-independence party pushed for independence from Spain, the Spanish government sent eight former Catalan government officials and two leaders of independence groups to jail. Now, one leader of the pro-independence group is asking for the release of "all the political prisoners," saying Catalonia won't participate in upcoming regional elections otherwise, per WashPost.

What's next: The Spanish government is considering charging the 10 Catalans with sedition and rebellion. Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont called for all of the region's Democratic political parties in favor of independence to unite in a coalition for the Dec. 12 elections.

Go deeper: How Catalonia got to this point.

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