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Barcelona chaos: Scuffles with police as hundreds of thousands of pro-independence supporters stage general strike (WATCH LIVE)


Added 10-18-19 01:37:02pm EST - “A huge crowd with Catalan flags has paralyzed central Barcelona as people from all across the region protested the harsh prison sentences for pro-independence leaders by the Spanish court and called for parting ways with Madrid.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Barcelona chaos: Scuffles with police as hundreds of thousands of pro-independence supporters stage general strike (WATCH LIVE)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The exact numbers of protesters is not yet known, but the local media estimated the turnout at “hundreds of thousands.” The unions behind the action earlier said that they were expecting one million to show up. 

The rally continued more or less peacefully for a few hours, but was eventually marred by more serious violence as some of the protesters started building barricades and setting garbage containers on fire.

They tossed stones and other foreign objects at the riot police, who were seen firing back – presumably using rubber bullets or other projectiles – and charging at the rioters with batons.

The general strike kicked off in Catalonia’s capital early on Friday, with small businesses not opening and employees of bigger firms and factories skipping work.

The walkout caused the cancellation of almost 60 flights at Barcelona-El Prat Airport as well as the disruption of train operations in some parts of the region. Many more flights were canceled in Barcelona in previous days as the demonstrators made the airport completely inaccessible. 

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