Today much of Catalonia ground to a halt as the country saw a general strike, the second day of a students strike, five mass marches from five cities converging on Barcelona where a huge demonstration will take place this evening and main roads and motorways blocked by protesters.

This is the fourth day of a wave of protest in response to the Spanish Supreme Court handing out prison sentences totalling over 100 years to nine Catalan civic and political leaders charged with sedition in relation to the 1 October 2017 independence referendum.

Electricity use across the nation has fallen indicating its impact.

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