Amnesty for Catalan separatists – level 1

14-11-2023 15:00

Spain’s socialists and the Catalan separatist Junts party make a deal. The deal is about an amnesty.

An amnesty is a pardon for people in prison. This amnesty is for people involved in Catalonia’s independence drive. The new law is for events from 2012 to now, including a 2014 vote and a 2017 referendum. The referendum is against the law. Nine leaders go to prison for this. But they get amnesty in 2021.

The law will not give any names of people. Carles Puigdemont is Junts’ leader. He is in Belgium. Spanish authorities are fighting to bring him back to Spain. He faces charges there. The law will help around 1,500 people.

Difficult words: pardon (to excuse or forgive someone), involved (when someone is a part of something), referendum (when all people vote for a cause).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What effects would the amnesty law have on the relationship between Spain and Catalonia?


News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions

How to improve your English with News in Levels: 


  1. Do the test at Test Languages.
  2. Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.


  1. Read two news articles every day.
  2. Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.


  1. Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
  2. Listen to the news from today without reading the text.


  1. Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.


  1. Choose one person from the Skype section.
  2. Talk with this person. You can answer questions from Speak in Levels.


Stock images by Depositphotos