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  Dozens of flights at Barcelona s airport were cancelled or delayed on Tuesday as the fallout from massive protests over the sentencing of nine Catalan leaders continued to be felt At least 45 flights had to be completely scrapped on Tuesday and many passengers had to spend the night at the airport after the Monday night protests led to many flight connections falling through The situation in Barcelona was otherwise fairly quiet on Tuesday morning though train traffic was still partially affected Thousands of demonstrators had gathered at the airport in an attempt to block access roads and bring all operations to a standstill The demonstration started after a Spain s Supreme Court sentenced nine separatist leaders to at least nine years in prison over their roles in an independence referendum In protests at the airport and other parts of northern Spain at least 70 people were injured and three activists were arrested according to Spanish television reports Clashes between police and protesters with police using foam bullets were also reported The sentencing occurred more than two years after the October 2017 referendum on whether to declare Spain s north eastern Catalonia region which includes the city of Barcelona an independent state A Spanish court had declared the referendum illegal but it went ahead anyway Those accused included the region s former vice president Oriol Junqueras He received the highest sentence of 13 years NAN dpa HS ASH Edited by Halima Sheji
Flights delayed, cancelled after huge protests at Barcelona airport

1 Dozens of flights at Barcelona’s airport were cancelled or delayed on Tuesday as the fallout from massive protests over the sentencing of nine Catalan leaders continued to be felt.

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2 At least 45 flights had to be completely scrapped on Tuesday, and many passengers had to spend the night at the airport after the Monday night protests led to many flight connections falling through.

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3 The situation in Barcelona was otherwise fairly quiet on Tuesday morning, though train traffic was still partially affected.

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4 Thousands of demonstrators had gathered at the airport in an attempt to block access roads and bring all operations to a standstill.

5 The demonstration started after  a Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine separatist leaders to at least nine years in prison over their roles in an independence referendum.

6 In protests at the airport and other parts of northern Spain, at least 70 people were injured and three activists were arrested, according to Spanish television reports.

7 Clashes between police and protesters, with police using foam bullets, were also reported.

8 The sentencing occurred more than two years after the October 2017 referendum on whether to declare Spain’s north-eastern Catalonia region, which includes the city of Barcelona, an independent state.

9 A Spanish court had declared the referendum illegal, but it went ahead anyway.

10 Those accused included the region’s former vice president, Oriol Junqueras.

11 He received the highest sentence of 13 years.(NAN/dpa)

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13 Edited by Halima Sheji

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