Metro, roads disrupted in Catalonia pro-independence protest

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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona metro stations were closed, pickets blocked categorical roads and polite servants walked out on Tuesday in response to a strike called by pro-independence groups after hundreds were harmed in a Spanish military crackdown on a criminialized autonomy referendum.

The stoppages, creatively billed as a region-wide ubiquitous strike though disavowed by a country’s largest unions, influenced a open sector, open ride and simple services.

Normally bustling metro stations in Barcelona were forlorn as services were cut behind sharply, pickets blocked trade on Gran Via travel and trade on 6 vital highways in a segment was disrupted by protests.

Elsewhere, a response to a strike call was sketchy with some shops, supermarkets and cafes open and some closed. The Boqueria marketplace in Barcelona was roughly empty.

Pro-independence groups and trade unions in Catalonia called a ubiquitous strike for Tuesday after Spanish military forcibly attempted to tighten polling stations on Sunday after a referendum on Catalan autonomy from Spain was criminialized by a inherent court.

Scenes of armored Spanish military overhanging truncheons and banishment rubber bullets during pacific electorate have been widely condemned, with a European Union job for talks to mangle a stand-off between Madrid and Barcelona.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pronounced a list had failed, while Catalan personality Carles Puigdemont vowed to continue with a autonomy routine after millions voted to leave.

Spain’s dual largest unions on Monday pronounced they would not take partial in a ubiquitous strike and also called for discourse between a executive supervision and Catalonia, criticizing both a call for autonomy and a clumsy military tactics.

“The UGT and a CCOO clearly state that we do not behind this position or this domestic strategy. We are not job a ubiquitous strike for Oct. 3,” they pronounced on Monday.

However, many services underneath a control of a Catalan supervision did see some stoppages, with open ride using during around 40 percent, according to reports, while pier workers and polite servants also walked out.

Entrances to some supervision offices were blocked by crowds protesting in preference of independence.

Additional stating by Robert Hetz; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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