FC Barcelona: Prison not the answer for Catalonia leaders

FC Barcelona have condemned the prison sentences given to leaders of separatist leaders for their functions at an 2017 independence referendum.
Spains supreme court sentenced Catalonia deputy leader to 13 years in prison on Monday. Another eight leadersout of 12 online trial, were found guilty of sedition and were imprisoned for between 2 and 13 years.
Prison is not the answer, but said a Barcelona announcement published on Monday.
The team played with La Liga match against Las Palmas behind closed doors at the Nou Camp because of protests in the city over the liberty survey, which the authorities declared illegal.
During the game, the scoreboard completed an image of a ballot box along with the worddemocracy on it.
The club said it was wrongto prevent citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression.
Gerard Pique, who plays for Spain and Barcelona, was.
On Monday he said wasproud to be part of this club following the statement which called for the conflict in Catalonia to be solvedexclusively from political dialog.
In exactly the exact same way in which the preventative prison sentence did not help to solve the conflict, neither will the prison sentence given today, since prison is not the answer, the announcement said.
Now more than ever the club asks all political leaders to direct a process of dialogue and negotiation to solve this conflict, which should also allow for the launch of convicted governmental and civic leaders.
FC Barcelona additionally occupies all of its support and solidarity to the families of those who are deprived of their freedom.
La Liga side Espanyol, also based in Barcelona, stated theirrespect for judicial decisions but also known as public governmentto look for democratic and political solutions into asocial crisis.
Girona, who perform Barcelona and compete in the Spanish second division, refused the ruling out of the Spanish Supreme Court and reaffirmed their place asa guardian of liberty of expression and in favor of their right to determine.
The club said that they werecommitted to opening a process of dialogue and discussion between all parties, even without limits or conditions.
The Catalan Football Federation said that it would terminate all national actions,in solidarity with condemned Native American politicians and social actors and their families.
After the ruling of Monday countless civil servants and students started protesting in the capital of Barcelona.
While civil servants gathered out protests and some government buildings were reported in other cities across the northeastern region protesters blocked roads.