Demonstrators have descended on the El Prat airport in Barcelona, where there have already been police arrests and disruption for many passengers.
Protesters have hit to the streets to demonstrate against today’s supreme court sentences in the case of the Catalan separatist leaders convicted for their involvement in the 2017 breakaway attempt.
Today, as we reported earlier, Spain’s top court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison.
The verdict has been met with fury by protesters in Catalonia, who began to demonstrate in the streets and to block traffic after the ruling this morning.
This afternoon, protestors gathered at Barcelona’s El Prat. Officers from the police force charged at demonstrators who had tried to breach the police line.
The demonstration action at the airport was called for by a protest group known as Tsunami Democràtica, which handed out fake boarding passes and called on demonstrators to use any means possible to get to the airport.
On orders from the police, trains heading to airport were stopped, while the Metro service was also suspended.
Spanish airports authority are recommending today for passengers to give themselves extra time to reach the airport.
Airline Vueling, which operates the highest volume of flights at El Prat, stated this afternoon that there were no delays or cancellations to flights as a result of the protests, but warned that some passengers may not get to the airport in time to catch their flight.