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Mass strike in Catalonia: roads and train traffic blocked
13:09, 8 November 2017
Mass strike in Catalonia: roads and train traffic blocked

The protests take place in two major cities Barcelona and Girona

13:09, 8 November 2017

El Pais

The mass strike in the support of the independence of Catalonia takes place in Barcelona and Girona on November 8 as El Pais reported.

The protesters blocked the highways in Barcelona and the road traffic stopped completely.

The groups of the protesters broke into the railway stations in Girona. They submitted a claimed to stop the train traffic and when the workers of the railway station refused to do it the protesters blocked the railways' lines, holding the picket signs ‘Protect the democracy’.

Related: Constitutional Court of Spain suspends Catalonia’s declaration of independence

The police do not assume the aggressive measures to break up the strike, however, the clashes between the police and the protesters are spotted.

It is noted that the Intersindical-CSC Trade Union became the organizer of the strike. The Catalonian separatists urged people to attend the street protests in the support of the detained former ministers of the Carles Puigdemont’s government.

Related: Spanish Attorney Office officially charges leaders of Catalonia

On October 1, a referendum on independence was held in Catalonia. According to the results, 90.18% voted for independence with 43% turnout. The Spanish government did not recognize the de facto declaration of independence by Catalonia.

On October 27, the Catalan government voted to declare independence from Spain.

After this, the Senate of Spain introduced Art. 155 of the Constitution of the country, suspending self-government in Catalonia.  The control mechanisms were passed to the government in Madrid. Carles Puigdemont was replaced by Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, appointed by the Spanish Cabinet.

Related: Court sessions on Puigdemont's extradition to begin on November 17


After that, the former chairman of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont left for Belgium together with five members of his government. The Belgian authorities said that he could stay the territory of the country, like any citizen of a European country.

 

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