The pro-independence Catalan movement has been organizing itself with the help messaging apps. Apps like Telegram ensure anonymity, but that also makes it hard for organizers to judge who is actually getting involved.
Amid hightened tensions in Catalonia, the regional president has gone on trial for displaying and refusing to remove secessionist symbols from public buildings. Nine separatist leaders were sent to jail in October.
Traffic on a major highway between Spain and France remained at a standstill despite attempts to clear a blockade by Catalan activists. Police arrested dozens, including a truck driver who tried to force his way through.
The violent unrest in Barcelona is the first major incident since the city was rocked by days of rioting. Earlier, 350,000 independence supporters rallied peacefully in the regional capital.
Spanish unity supporters are demonstrating in Barcelona. The demonstration comes after days of protests by Catalan separatists.
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