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Barcelona Airport Returns to Normality after Activists’ Jail Sentence

BARCELONA – Barcelona airport slowly returned to normality on Tuesday after pro-independence demonstrators led a partial blockade to protest a court ruling against Catalan independence leaders.

Thousands of protesters stormed the airport on Monday to denounce the Spanish Supreme Court ruling that sentenced nine politicians and pro-independence activists to up to 13 years in jail.

As a result, 20 flights were canceled Tuesday after 100 flights were canceled Monday due to the protests.

Several hundred people spent the night at the airport sleeping on chairs and on the floor of Terminal 1.

Scores of protesters clashed violently with police on Monday afternoon and into the night as agents of the Catalan regional police attempted to restore normality in the airport.

The revolt ended with 131 people injured, 115 of them at the airport, and 27 were taken to hospitals.

Acting Regional Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said Tuesday that the actions of the Catalan Regional Police and State security forces developed with “proportionality, professionalism and efficiency” to restore order and security in Catalonia.

Elsewhere, there were problems on several railways due to damage and sabotage in some facilities.

Meanwhile, the Catalan regional government will hold an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday to agree on a response to the Supreme Court ruling that resulted in a jail sentence for nine leaders for their involvement on the banned independence referendum in 2017.

 

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