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  A general strike in protest at the jail sentences imposed by Spain s Constitutional Court on nine separatist leaders began in Catalonia on Friday Dozens of flights operated primarily by the airlines Iberia and Vueling were cancelled at Barcelona s airport Many passengers had arrived at Barcelona s Josep Tarradellas El Prat up to six hours before their flights Spanish television reported Port workers and employees of Volkswagen subsidiary Seat downed tools and outlets of the large Catalonian supermarket chain Bonpreu remained closed Rail services were running normally amid an increased security presence at Barcelona s main station the reports said Demonstrators blocked roads in the region during the morning Five Marches for Freedom were converging on Barcelona for an afternoon mass rally after participants set out from various parts of the region in Spain s North East over recent days On Monday the Supreme Court in Madrid sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison terms of 13 years for their role in what it called the illegal independence referendum held on Oct 1 2017 Mass protests by advocates of independence for the region ensued following the sentence Protesters set up barricades of burning rubbish bins and furniture in Barcelona on Thursday night Clashes were reported in some cases between police and protesters with local media reporting that stones and firecrackers were hurled at officers No fewer than 11 people were arrested in connection with the riots the police said HS DCU Edited by Halima Sheji Donald Ugwu
Flights cancelled and roads blocked in Catalonia general strike

1 A general strike in protest at the jail sentences imposed by Spain’s Constitutional Court on nine separatist leaders began in Catalonia on Friday.

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2 Dozens of flights, operated primarily by the airlines Iberia and Vueling, were cancelled at Barcelona’s airport.

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3 Many passengers had arrived at Barcelona’s Josep Tarradellas-El Prat up to six hours before their flights, Spanish television reported.

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4 Port workers and employees of Volkswagen subsidiary Seat downed tools, and outlets of the large Catalonian supermarket chain Bonpreu remained closed.

5 Rail services were running normally amid an increased security presence at Barcelona’s main station, the reports said.

6 Demonstrators blocked roads in the region during the morning.

7 Five “Marches for Freedom’’ were converging on Barcelona for an afternoon mass rally, after participants set out from various parts of the region in Spain’s North-East over recent days.

8 On Monday, the Supreme Court in Madrid sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison terms of 13 years for their role in what it called the illegal independence referendum held on Oct. 1, 2017.

9 Mass protests by advocates of independence for the region ensued following the sentence.

10 Protesters set up barricades of burning rubbish bins and furniture in Barcelona on Thursday night.

11 Clashes were reported in some cases between police and protesters, with local media reporting that stones and firecrackers were hurled at officers.

12 No fewer than 11 people were arrested in connection with the riots, the police said.

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15 Edited by Halima Sheji/Donald Ugwu

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