SPAIN JAILED CATALAN SEPARATIST LEADERS Hundreds of thousands of Catalans march to Barcelona


Protesters in Catalonia blocked roads morning as a general strike kicked-off in the region following four days of violent protests over a supreme court ruling on Monday that convicted nine Catalan separatist leaders over their 2017 role in a failed independence drive.

In Barcelona, dozens of people sat on Diagonal Avenue, one of the Catalan capital’s main streets, holding separatist flags and chanting slogans.

Since the court decision, the divided region has experienced the worst sustained street violence in Spain in decades.

The general strike coincides with the arrival in Barcelona of thousands of peaceful protesters who set off from different parts Catalonia on foot three days ago.

Strikers and separatists are expected to stage various protest throughout the day