Calls for protest as Catalan separatist leader suspended from office

The Catalan separatist leader Quim Torra is to be suspended from office for disobedience, Spain’s supreme court ruled on Monday, leading to calls for protests from his supporters.The supreme court unanimously confirmed a ruling by the Catalan regional court from last year that Torra had appealed, which mandates that the 57-year-old cannot hold public office for 18 months.Torra is also to pay a fine of 30,000 euros (35,000 dollars) and has to transfer his position as regional prime minister to his deputy, Pere Aragones.Media reports estimated that this would happen in the next week. Aragones is…

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