Spain: Police arrest 4 in Catalonia amid general strike
46 injured in clashes between security forces, protestors, including 16 police officers
By Senhan Bolelli
Police in Spain arrested four people Thursday in connection with a general strike called by pro-independence Catalan non-governmental organizations, trade unions
In protest of the trial of 12 Catalan leaders in the country’s capital, Madrid, strikes brought several major Catalonian cities to a halt, including Barcelona, Girona
At least 46 people were injured in demonstrations after clashes broke out with security forces, including 16 police officers and a Spanish journalist caught among the Catalan protestors.
A large demonstration was held in Barcelona calling for "independence" and "freedom for political prisoners".
Spain dissolved the Catalan parliament after the Catalan government held an illegal independence referendum in October 2017.
Shortly afterward, then Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy implemented Article 155 of Spain’s constitution which allows Madrid to intervene in the internal affairs of the country’s autonomous regions.
Ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont then fled Spain to Belgium before being briefly held in Germany for 12 days under
He returned to Brussels after his release, where he has been living in exile ever since.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.