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    Spain Cracks Down on Catalan Leaders

    The cure may be worse than the disease. A Spanish judge has ordered eight former Catalan ministers — accused of rebellion and sedition in the wake of Catalonia’s declaration of independence — jailed until their Nov. 9 hearing. Ousted leader Carles Puigdemont and another four deposed politicians were also summoned to court, but opted not to appear. Now, a Spanish court has issued arrest warrants for all five, who are currently in Belgium. Thousands of Catalans are protesting the move, with one far-left Catalan MP declaring, “The legitimate government is in prison.”

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