Catalonia was completely paralyzed on Friday as a result of a general strike called on by the Intersindical-CSC and Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya (IAC) unions to protest against the prison sentence of nine pro-independence leaders.
On Thursday, for the fourth night in a row, violent riots took place in Barcelona, a city where extreme right-wing gangs were looking for pro-independence citizens to beat and intimidate them. These actions, however, did not remain unanswered.
According to the local media, the Catalan capital was the scene of a true “urban guerrilla war” in which the Catalan police (“Mossos d’Esquadra”) tried to violently contain thousands of pro-independence citizens who were not afraid to face state security forces.
At least three major incidents were recorded in neighbourhoods where the population built barricades and burned objects of all kinds. As a preliminary result, eleven people were arrested during the night in which Barcelona did not sleep.