Demonstrations in Barcelona, Tarragona, Lérida and Girona after Spain high court jails Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Catalonia to protest against a judge’s decision to detain two prominent pro-independence leaders, as tensions between the Madrid and Barcelona governments continue to rise.

On Monday night, Spain’s national court denied bail to Jordi Sánchez, president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Jordi Cuixart, president of Òmnium Cultural. Both men are being investigated for alleged sedition in the run-up to the regional independence referendum two weeks ago.

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