Protesters block traffic one year after controversial Catalan vote

Activists advocating for Catalonia’s secession from Spain are blocking major roads, train lines and avenues across the north-eastern region, one year after a banned referendum crushed by police failed to deliver an independent state.

The protests have been called on online messaging apps by the Committees for the Defence of the Republic, local activist groups that emerged after the unauthorised vote on October 1 2017.

The protests come one year after the banned referendum to secede from Spain (AP)
The protests come one year after the banned referendum to secede from Spain (AP)

In Girona, north of Barcelona, hundreds of activists occupied the high-speed railway tracks, while regional police tried to stop more protesters from entering the area of the station.

Local media also reported road blockages on the AP-7 highway, the main artery along eastern Catalonia leading to the French border, and in central streets of the cities of Lleida and Barcelona, the regional capital.

- Press Association

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