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Thousands Catalans staged a general strike in protest against Spanish police violence

Large numbers of Catalans have staged a general strike in protest against police violence at a banned weekend referendum. Flights and train services could be disrupted together with port operations as a result of the stoppage.

The move comes to condemn the police response to the plebiscite, in which more than 90 percent of voters backed the region’s independence from Spain.

Barcelona’s public universities are expected to join the strike, as are the contemporary art museum and football club FC Barcelona, among others.

Violent scenes played out in towns and cities across the region on Sunday as riot police closed in on polling stations to stop people from casting their ballots.

In some cases, police used batons and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. Madrid is opposed to Catalonia’s independence.

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