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Catalan activist arrested for alleged terrorism, rebellion during protest

Madrid, Apr 10 (efe-epa).- Spanish police on Tuesday arrested a member of a Catalan separatist movement suspected of orchestrating a demonstration that saw activists blockade roads and usher traffic through toll barriers in a protest against the government as prosecutors brought accusations of terrorism and rebellion.

Investigative sources said the detainee was a woman and a suspected leader of the Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDR), a network of local unofficial authorities created to preserve the Catalan independence declaration that was ruled illegal and scrapped by Spain's judiciary.

During Spain's Holy Week holidays, a busy travel time in the country when people take the opportunity to go on vacation or visit family, CDR protesters convened at several major toll roads, where they lifted the barriers at toll booths, allowing drivers to pass through without having to pay.

On Twitter, the CDR wrote at the time: "wherever you come from, don't pay a single toll."

The act was condemned by members of Spain's central government, currently in the control of the conservative Popular Party, as sabotage and prosecutors began studying whether the action could be considered rebellion, a charge that several Catalan politicians allegedly involved in the banned independence movement in October were also facing.

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