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Catalan separatists set fire to effigies of Spain’s monarch

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Catalan separatists have protested on the streets of Barcelona during a visit by Spanish King Felipe VI, where they burned effigies of the monarch.

This protest follows weeks of unrest caused by the jailing of Catalan separatists leaders last month. They also come in the lead up to Spain’s second general election of this year. This coming election hopes to resolve the political deadlock Spain has been trapped in.

The three main separatists political parties attended the rallies on Monday whilst Catalan’s administrative government reemphasised to protesters the need to remain civil.
The King, along with his wife, Queen Letizia, and their two daughters attended an award ceremony in which Princess Leonor 14 delivered a speech on her attachment to Catalonia.

"This land, Catalonia, will always hold a special place in my heart,” she told the crowd.

She delivered the speech in Spanish and Catalan.

There was also a smaller demonstration held by regional leaders who wish to keep Spain united.

Read the BBC here.