After the Germans arrested the former Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, protests have been going on since this past Sunday, March 25th, 2018. The latest protests have shut down highways in and around Barcelona.
From The Globe and Mail
|Demonstrators block highways across Catalonia to protest Puigdemont’s detention|
Demonstrators angered by the detention of former leader Carles Puigdemont blocked highways across Catalonia and roads in central Barcelona on Tuesday, as the separatist politician remained in a German jail pending a decision on Spain’s extradition request.
Transportation authorities in the northeastern Spanish region said a main motorway remained blocked in Figueres, near the border with France. Demonstrators also stopped traffic in another highway leading to the city of Lleida, and a national road between Tarragona and Valencia.
Protesters also caused disruptions early Tuesday on several roads in central Barcelona, the regional capital.
Prosperous Catalonia has been marred by largely peaceful protests for more than six months, since a bid for secession from Spain began in earnest.
The Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence in late October following an ad-hoc referendum banned by the Spanish government received no international recognition and provoked a takeover of the regional government by Spanish authorities.