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20 November 2019


Barcelona hit by fresh clashes amid general strike

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Fresh clashes between riot police and protesters have broken out in Barcelona amid continuing anger over the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders.

Axar.az reports citing BBC.

A general strike was announced and five marches, all peaceful, converged on the city centre, bringing the streets to a standstill.

Police estimated that more than 500,000 people had joined Friday's rallies.

Protesters also blocked a motorway on the Spain-France border, causing huge tailbacks.

Catalan regional leader Quim Torra thanked those who had demonstrated peacefully and criticised the rioters.

He said the sentences handed down to separatist leaders would not deter the campaign for independence.

"We'll return to the ballot box again on self-determination," he said.

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2019.10.18 / 23:16
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