After another night of violence in the streets of Barcelona, a general strike called in protest at the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders sees the region grind to a halt.
Hundreds of young protesters chanting “independence” set fire to improvised roadblocks in the centre of the city late in the evening, tossing Molotov cocktails at police, who responded by firing foam and anti-riot rounds.
Thousands from across Catalonia are on a cross-country march towards Barcelona for Friday’s rally.
El Clasico cancelled.
The road leading to the border with France at La Jonquera was closed on Friday morning as protesters set up blockades. Main roads leading into Barcelona were also closed bringing traffic to a standstill.
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Huge demonstrations in Girona, Tarragona and other Catalan towns. –
Huge demonstrations in Girona, Tarragona and other Catalan towns. Impressive. pic.twitter.com/XfcPvPyeav
— Catalans for Yes 🎗 (@CatalansForYes) October 18, 2019
— Oh boy what a shot (@ohboywhatashot) October 18, 2019