Spain: Central Barcelona in total gridlock as thousands of Catalans join general strike

Thousands of protesters caused gridlock on the streets of central Barcelona on Tuesday morning, as they gathered in front of Placa de la Universitat to demonstrate against the Catalan independence referendum crackdown. Catalonian pro-independence groups and trade unions called for a region-wide general strike against police brutality over the weekend’s independence referendum. Barcelona’s... Еще university, Barcelona Football Club, the Sagrada Familia and the museum of contemporary art are among some of the institutions joining the general strike. Catalonia held a referendum on October 1 to decide on the region’s independence, with the Spanish government deeming the action 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'. At least 893 people and 33 police officers were reportedly injured on Sunday’s independence referendum.

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