Catalonian leader, Quim Torra, on Thursday threatened to hold another referendum on whether the region should secede from Spain or not.
Torra’s comment, came days after nine former secessionist leaders were sentenced to between nine and 13 years in prison over their roles in an outlawed independence referendum in 2017.
Torra is also the Head of the Catalonian regional government.
“If we are condemned to 100 years in prison for setting up ballot boxes, the answer is clear. We must again set up ballot boxes for our self-determination.
“I am outraged and upset about the verdicts, which he described as a huge farce and despicable,“ he said.
However, several consecutive days of protests have followed the court’s ruling, including clashes with the police, resulting to series of injuries received by the protesters.
The separatist leadership had spoken out against the violence, calling for the demonstrations to be peaceful.
Earlier, a protest in Barcelona culminated into a riot, with protesters burning cars and throwing stones and incendiary devices at the police.
However, the sentencing of the separatists came two years after they pushed forward with a referendum on whether to declare the economically strong region of Catalonia, including its capital city Barcelona, as an independent state.
The longest sentence, 13 years, was given to the region’s former vice president, Oriol Junqueras.
Media reports have speculated that the convicted separatists could be freed after serving a quarter of their sentences.