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Protests and strike stoke jitters over Catalan economy

Barcelona - The tenors fell silent at Barcelona's opera house on Friday where a performance of Turandot was cancelled as a general strike and mass protests brought Catalonia to a halt after Spain's top court jailed nine separatist leaders.

More Barcelona violence feared as separatists call for new protest

Barcelona - Barcelona was bracing for fresh violence Saturday after nearly 200 people were hurt in a night of clashes with radical separatists hurling rocks and fireworks at police who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

In Catalonia, frustration boils over into violence

Barcelona - After years of peaceful separatist demonstrations, violence finally exploded on the Catalan streets this week, led by activists frustrated by the political paralysis and infuriated by the Supreme Court's conviction of nine of its leaders over a failed ...

Catalan separatists, police clash in fresh violence

Barcelona - Catalan separatists burned barricades and clashed with police in Barcelona on Thursday in a fourth night of violence triggered by Spain's jailing of nine of their leaders over a failed independence bid.

Catalan leader pledges to work for fresh independence vote

Barcelona - The president of Spain's protest-hit Catalonia region pledged Thursday to push for a new vote on secession, despite the fallout from a failed 2017 independence bid that sparked the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Nearly 100 injured in Catalan protests

Barcelona - After another night of clashes in Catalonia which left nearly 100 people injured according to emergency services, activists again blocked roads on Thursday in the northeastern region of Spain.

Destination Barcelona: separatists begin 100km 'freedom march'

Girona - In a straw hat and hiking boots, Jordi Soler set out from Girona with thousands of others on a 100-kilometre (60-mile) "freedom march" after Spain jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders. "This is to show that we can bring Catalonia to a halt...

Violence 'must stop now', Catalan leader says as Barcelona burns

Barcelona - Catalan president Quim Torra called for an immediate halt to the violent clashes that rocked Barcelona for a third day Wednesday, warning they were harming the image of the separatist movement.

Spain police arrest 51 people during Catalan protests

Madrid - Police in Spain said Wednesday they arrested 51 people across Catalonia overnight after violent protests over the jailing of nine separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid.

Clandestine 'tsunami' behind new wave of Catalan protests

Barcelona - With an appeal to block Barcelona's airport, a new, mysterious organisation called "Democratic Tsunami" has raised the temperature of Catalan separatist protests in Spain which until now have been peaceful.

Spain's Catalan foreign minister slams 'totalitarian' separatism

Madrid - Spain's Catalan foreign minister on Tuesday accused separatists of acting in a "totalitarian" way by excluding those in the region who were not in favour of breaking away from Spain.

Fresh protests in Spain over Catalan sentence

Barcelona - Catalan separatists on Tuesday blocked streets and train tracks in protest against Spain's jailing of nine of their leaders, as the Spanish government hit out at what it called "generalised violence" a day after activists stormed Barcelona airport.

'This is not over', furious Catalan separatists warn as Spain jails leaders

Barcelona - "I feel fury and a sense of powerlessness," said Joan Guich, one of thousands of people who took to the streets of Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan leaders over a failed independence bid.

Police charge separatist protesters at Barcelona airport

Barcelona - Spanish police repeatedly charged separatist demonstrators at the entrance to Barcelona's El Prat airport Monday as they protested a Supreme Court ruling that jailed nine of their leaders, an AFP correspondent said.

Angry protesters take to streets as Spain jails Catalan leaders

Barcelona - "I feel fury and a sense of powerlessness," said Joan Guich, a 19-year-old student protesting in Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan leaders jailed over a failed independence bid.

Unsuccessful secession stunts Catalan independence bid

Barcelona - Divided and deadlocked since the failure of their 2017 secession bid, Catalan separatists are hoping Spain's jailing of nine of 12 of their leaders will unite the ranks and give fresh impetus for change.

Jailed Oriol Junqueras, Catalonia's pragmatist professor

Barcelona - An inscrutable pragmatist with an affable nature, Oriol Junqueras is a key figure in the Catalan separatist movement who has taken the fall for a failed independence bid that sparked Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

Top Spain court to rule on Catalan separatist leaders' fate

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court is expected to issue a verdict Monday in the controversial case of 12 Catalan leaders over their role in a failed 2017 independence bid that sparked the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Trump puts squeeze on Spanish olive oil producers

Antequera - Farmers had just begun harvesting olives in southern Spain when US President Donald Trump soured the mood with the announcement that Washington would slap hefty tariffs on their produce.

Thousands march in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Barcelona - Thousands of people opposed to Catalan independence marched in the region's capital Saturday, Spain's national day, with the verdict in the trial of leading Catalan separatists expected early next week.
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