Catalan President Quim Torra went on trial in Barcelona on Monday for refusing to take down separatist symbols from government buildings during the campaign preceding the municipal and European elections of May 26.

Prosecutors have called for Torra to be banned from public office for 20 months and to pay a €30,000 (US$33,000) penalty.

Footage shows Torra arriving at the High Court of Justice of Catalonia and being greeted by a crowd of supporters including Catalan Parliament President Roger Torrent and former Catalan President Artur Mas.

Torra refused to remove a banner from the Palau de la Generalitat, the seat of Catalan government, showcasing support for political leaders who were being tried at the Spanish Supreme Court for sedition and misuse of public funds concerning the failed secession bid of 2017.

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