CATALAN CHAOS: Protestors block major transport links one year on from divisive independence vote

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BLOCKED: Train services in Cataluña grind to a halt when activists stormed the train station. Photo Credit: Matthew Bennett via Twitter

ACTIVISTS are disrupting major highways, train services and public spaces across Cataluña in a bid to reignite the passions of the failed independence referendum which took place one year ago today.

Spanish media report that at least 200 activists are staging protests in the city of Girona.

The Committee for the Defence of the Republic (CDR) are the group behind the protests, which are believed to have been organised over social networks and messaging applications.

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Hundreds of activists gathered to occupy the high-speed railway lines In Girona, the city north of Barcelona.

Police in the city were unable to prevent the waves of activists from storming the station.

Parts of the AP-7 motorway in the region, close to the French border, have been cut off according to Spanish media, with activists placing obstacles across multiple lanes to obstruct oncoming vehicles.

Protests have also been reported across the main streets of Barcelona, occupying the Plaza Catalunya, Santa Caterina Market and Letamendi Square.

Smaller scale protests are also being reported in the Catalan city of Lleida.

The protests take place exactly one year after a failed independence referendum which was thwarted by police as it was seen as illegal in the eyes of the Spanish government.

Latest updates suggest the CDR are at present leaving the tracks of the high speed train line in Girona station, having successfully disrupted services by several hours.

 

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