Catalonia stages general strike but protesters are divided over region's future
Tens of thousands have taken part in a general strike in Barcelona – joining in marches and blocking roads – in protest at Sunday’s violent crackdown by Spanish police
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It had been called before the region’s referendum and had been intended to support calls for independence. But the violence meted out by police has now galvanised some and worried others:
“I’ve always considered myself Catalan but I wasn’t pro-independence but with recent events we are outraged and are joining in with the independence euphoria. We cannot be part of a country that puts up with this (violence), where the Government and political parties do not condemn police repression”.
“I am not pro-independence, I am Catalan and I am devastated because this issue has completely polarised the Spanish and Catalan Governments. There is so much uncertainty.”
Reporting for euronews from Barcelona, Cristina Giner said: “The police action on Sunday during the referendum which was suspended by the Constitutional Court has escalated the social and institutional struggle to a level never before seen in democratic Spain.”
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