Demonstrators gather in Barcelona following a week of protests over jail sentences given to separatist politicians by Spain’s Supreme Court [Sandra Montanez/Getty Images]

Large demonstrations to protest this week’s conviction of 12 leaders of Catalonia‘s swelling separatist movement turned violent at times.

The 12 were at the forefront of a secession attempt in 2017 that led to the biggest political crisis in Spain‘s modern history.

Polls show that the 7.5 million residents in the prosperous industrial region remain roughly divided over the independence issue.

Here is a look at some key dates in the political crisis:

June 28, 2010 – Many Catalans are angered by a court ruling that watered downed a sweeping new law that gave more powers to its regional government.

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