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18 Oct 2019

Catalonia protesters bring Barcelona to standstill over jailing of separatists

As Scotland’s First Minister sent her message of solidarity to the Catalans, hundreds of thousands brought the Spanish city of Barcelona to a standstill today after a general strike was announced.

It’s the fifth day of disruption in the city, with many marching from across Catalonia to participate in the protests.

For the most part the demonstrations have been peaceful, but this evening there have been some violent confrontations as masked protesters clashed with police.

The marches came after the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders for their part in a failed bid for independence.