Flight chaos at Barcelona Airport after Catalan protesters clash with police – Today News

Flight chaos at Barcelona Airport after Catalan protesters clash with police – Today News


 Large parts of Barcelona Airport were shut down this afternoon as pro Catalonian-independence protesters clashed with police  Rail services were suspended earlier today as separatist protesters took to the streets following Spain’s Supreme Court’s sentencing of nine independence leaders  So far 67 of the 1,066 flights leaving the El Prat airport today have been cancelled  Footage of the fiery clashes shows police in full riot gear kettling civilians, swinging batons at those that come within striking distance  This morning the court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition  They had been tried over their part in the northern Spain region’s failed independence bid  Have you been disrupted or witness the protests? Email [email protected]    Three others held over their alleged part in the October 2017 referendum and independence deceleration were found guilty only of disobedience  They avoided jail time.  None of the 12 were found guilty of rebellion, the gravest charge levelled against them    Not deterred by the lengthy prison terms stretching in front of them, the jailed political leaders urged their supporters to take to the streets  A message posted on their behalf on social media said: “It’s time to rise up against the authoritarian fascism of the Spanish state and its accomplices  “It is time for the RevoltaPopular (popular revolt).”  Members of the public stepped up to the plate, blocking four main streets in Barcelona  They chanted “freedom for political prisoners” and “we’ll do it again”.  The high-speed rail link between Barcelona and France was interrupted as was the regional train network due to protests in the separatist stronghold of Girona, where people stood on the tracks wrapped in pro-independence flags  Numerous flights out of Barcelona Airport were significantly delayed.  Head of the regional parliament Roger Torrent said: “This sentence is an attack on democracy and the rights of all citizens  “Today we are all convicted, not just 12 people.”  The longest prison term – 13 years – was imposed on the Catalan goverment’s former deputy leader, Oriol Junqueras  The court convicted him and eight other leaders on charges of sedition and four of them of misuse of public funds  Former head of Catalonia’s regional government, Carles Puigdemont, said the prison sentences were an “atrocity ”  Spanish judicial authorities today issued a fresh European Arrest Warrant against the former Catalan president  Mr Puigdemont fled to Belgium after declaring Catalonia’s independence from Madrid in October 2017 following a referendum on secession that was ruled illegal  Prime Minister Sanchez, a socialist who had taken a less rigid line with the separatist movement than his conservative predecessor, said it was time to open a new chapter but he did not elaborate  “Today’s decision confirms the defeat of a movement that failed to gain internal support and international recognition,” he said in a televised speech

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