BARCELONA, Spain - Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region and its riot-swept regional capital, Barcelona, were paralyzed Friday by a mix of strikes and marches as it faced its fifth day of protests over the conviction of independence leaders. Catalan authorities said that electricity consumption, a key indicator of industrial activity, was by noon 10.1% lower than at the same time the previous day. Farmers in tractors joined some of the so-called “Freedom marches,” organized by the grassroots pro-independence ANC and Omnium groups. In the capital, a mob of far-right anti-independence activists also tried to storm a separatist protest that drew thousands of people. Speaking about the recent wave of rioting, the Catalan regional security minister said the violence didn’t represent the wider and peaceful separatist movement.
Source: thestar October 18, 2019 07:09 UTC