Workers close shops and block roads in protest at jailing of pro-independence leaders

Workers downed tools, shops closed and activists blocked roads in Catalonia on Friday in a general strike called in protest at the jailing of nine pro-independence leaders over their roles in the failed push for secession two years ago.

Thousands of people who have marched from across the region are due to converge in Barcelona this afternoon to protest against the Spanish supreme court’s verdict and to call for the leaders to be freed.

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