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Morning commute chaos in Catalonia as protests kick off

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 01:03

Pro-independence activists stormed a train station in Girona and blocked roads in Barcelona over the jailing of sacked regional politicians. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A strike called across Catalonia by pro-independence activists against the jailing of sacked regional politicians shut down roads early on Wednesday (November 8), causing huge tailbacks into Barcelona while some public transport ran minimum services. Scores of people stood across dozens of major highways in the region waving placards and chanting "freedom for political prisoners". One crowd of activists also forced their way into the train station in the city of Girona and protested on the tracks, causing delays. The Catalan pro-independence union CSC called the strike which was supported by civic groups Asamblea Nacional Catalana (ANC) and Omnium Cultural, whose leaders were imprisoned last month on sedition charges. The leaders of the ANC and Omnium and eight former members of the Catalan government are in prison awaiting trial after staging a referendum on secession that Spanish courts deemed illegal and then declaring independence. The Spanish government, which assumed control of Catalonia after a unilateral independence declaration, has called a regional election for December 21.

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Morning commute chaos in Catalonia as protests kick off

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 01:03