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    Protests started in Barcelona earlier this week following Spain Supreme Court's ruling concerning the former Catalan officials who were sentenced to prison over their role in organising the 2017 independence referendum.

    The famous Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona has announced that it has limited access to the church amid the ongoing Catalan protests.

    Earlier in the day, the official Twitter account of the basilica said that a group of protesters blocked the entrance.

    In another post, cathedral officials say that the basilica will be open to visitors as long as their safety can be ensured.

    Protests erupted in Barcelona on Monday following a ruling of Spain's Supreme Court that nine out of 12 former Catalan officials were sentenced to prison over their role in organising an independence referendum in Catalonia in 2017. Then over 90% of voters said 'yes' to Catalonia's independence but Madrid called the referendum illegal and arrested several Catalan leaders.

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    • 04:20

      Nearly 90 People Injured in Riots on General Strike Day in Spain’s Catalonia - Medics

      Nearly 90 people have sustained wounds during the ongoing unrest across Spain’s region of Catalonia amid a general strike in the area on Friday, medics said.

      The regional medical emergency service said late on Friday that 89 people had asked for medical assistance, including 60 people in Barcelona, where radical activist riots were underway. The others are from Lleida, Tarragona and Girona. There are members of the security forces among those wounded.

    • 02:22

      Police Use Water Cannon, Tear Gas on 5th Day of Violent Separatist Rallies in Barcelona - Video

      Police Use Water Cannon, Tear Gas on 5th Day of Violent Separatist Rallies in Barcelona - Video

      BARCELONA, Spain (Sputnik) - The police are trying to take unrest in Spain’s city of Barcelona under control and used rubber bullets and tear gas for it, a Sputnik correspondent reported, adding that the security forces also used a water cannon for the first time since the beginning of the rallies to extinguish burning barricades and garbage cans.
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    • 22:40

      Barcelona Protests Leave 25 Injured as Separatist Rally Turns Violent

      At least 25 people were injured during violent protests that gripped the main Catalan city of Barcelona as night fell on Friday, with five more hurt in two other cities in the region.

    • 22:38

      Riots Flare Up in Barcelona as Catalonia's General Strike Gains Momentum

      Riots Flare Up in Barcelona as Catalonia's General Strike Gains Momentum

      BARCELONA (Sputnik) - Riots began in one of the streets in the downtown of Barcelona near the National Police building, a Sputnik correspondent reported Friday.
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    • 19:55

      Violent Catalan Protesters Risk Prison Terms Of Up to 6 Years - Spanish Acting Interior Minister

    • 19:25

      Clashes Between Police and Protesters Continue in Barcelona

      Central Barcelona during protests on 18 Oct
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      Clashes continue between the police and protesters who are building up barricades in central Barcelona as the city sees the fifth day of protests over the court's ruling to sentence former Catalan leaders to prison.

    • 18:19

      Spain Calls Civil Guard to Barcelona Outskirts

      The Spanish Interior Ministry said it had sent civil guard units to the outskirts of Barcelona following the fifth day of protests in the city over the court's ruling to sentence former Catalan leaders to prison.

    • 17:45

      Protesters Reportedly Clash With Police in Central Barcelona

      Demonstrators clashed with police in central Barcelona during the fifth day of protests over the jailing of Catalan pro-independence leaders, Reuters reported. 

      According to the agency, protesters threw stones and cans at riot police and set garbage bins ablaze on the city's boulevards.

      Riots in Barcelona
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    • 17:15

      Over 500,000 Protesters Show Up at Protests in Barcelona - Local Police

    • 16:43

      Participation Rate in Catalonia's General Strike in Most Sectors Less Than 50% - Gov't

      BARCELONA (Sputnik) - Less than half of the labor force across a majority of sectors in Spain's semi-autonomous Catalonia region, where a general strike is taking place on Friday, are participating in the action, the region's government said.

      "[About] 30 percent of public officials are participating in the strike," the Catalan Ministry of Employment said.

      Other sectors also showed a relatively low participation level in the strike — 26.3 percent of employees in the public health and 43 percent in the public education sector joined the strike, the ministry said.

      However, 90 percent of university employees and up to 80 percent of businesses owners have not shown up to work on Friday.

    • 16:23

      Students, Trade Unions Call for General Strike in Support of Imprisoned Catalan Leaders

      Protests in Barcelona
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      Protesters shout slogans as they gather in Via Laietana in Barcelona, on October 18, 2019

      Students, Unions Call for General Strike in Barcelona to Support Jailed Catalan Leaders - Video

      Earlier this week, nine out of 12 former Catalan leaders were sentenced to prison for organising an independence referendum in Catalonia in 2017.
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    • 13:43

      Dozens of Flights Into and Out of Catalonia Cancelled Due to Protests

      Fifty-seven flights into and out of Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia were cancelled for the day amid a general strike called by pro-independence unions, AP reports, citing Spanish central authorities.  

       

      People are protesting in Barcelona
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    • 11:55

      Thousands of Protesters Marching to Barcelona on Friday as Nationwide Protests Continue

      Thousands of protesters are marching toward Barcelona, the capital of Spain's semi-autonomous region of Catalonia, on Friday in protest of the Supreme Court's unpopular ruling to hand out lengthy prison terms to the region's independence leaders.

      As the protesters approach Catalonia's capital, more people are joining the march. On Friday morning, the marches that started in Vic and Berga united in Sant Quirze del Valles, just 12 miles outside of Barcelona. Another two columns, which started from Tarrega and Tarragona, also merged this morning in Martorell, 13 miles away from Barcelona.

      The marchers intend to meet in central Barcelona on Friday to participate in the city-wide demonstration, which coincides with a region-wide general strike that started earlier in the day.

      The strike was called on by pro-independence trade unions in response to the ruling. Social services, including transportation, education and health services have been affected throughout Catalonia but continue to operate at a decreased capacity, adhering to the government's established quota for the provision of minimal services during strikes.

    • 11:49

      The Spanish Soccer Federation Postpones Barcelona-Real Madrid Match Amid Protests

      Real Madrid and Barcelona F.C.B.

      Barcelona - Real Madrid Match Postponed Amid Protests in Support of Jailed Catalan Leaders

      Earlier this week, a wave of protests hit the streets of Barcelona after nine out of 12 former Catalan pro-independence leaders were sentenced to prison on 14 October.
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