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Catalunya 'general strike' fails, except for transport
10 November 2017 @ 08:51

AN ATTEMPT at a region-wide shutdown in Catalunya yesterday (Wednesday) 'failed spectacularly' according to Spain's national government – although travellers and commuters on the high-speed AVE trains and outer suburban Cercanías lines were not convinced.

Staged by separatist campaign groups Òmnium and the Catalunya National Assembly (ANC) – whose leaders, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez respectively, are in prison charged with sedition – the strike had little impact on business in general, barely making a dent in industry or retail, but huge protests blocked the train lines at Barcelona's central Sants station.

Demonstrators, mostly students, carried banners calling for 'political prisoners' to be freed.



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