Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

  • Catalan regional police covered in paint trhown by pro-independence demonstrators in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Various flights into and out of the region are cancelled Friday due to a general strike called by pro-independence unions and five marches of tens of thousands from inland towns are expected converge in Barcelona’s center on Friday afternoon for a mass protest with students to and workers who are on strike. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Pro-independence demonstrators march into the city on the fifth day of protests in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. The Catalan regional capital is bracing for a fifth day of protests over the conviction of a dozen Catalan independence leaders. Five marches of tens of thousands from inland towns are expected converge in Barcelona’s center on Friday afternoon for a mass protest with students to and workers who are on strike. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • Protesters stand behind trash containers used as barricades on the fifth day of protests over the conviction of a dozen Catalan independence leaders in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Tens of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia’s independence and the release from prison of their separatist leaders have flooded downtown Barcelona. The protesters have poured into the city after some of them walked for three days in “Freedom marches” from towns across the northeastern Spanish region, joining students and workers who have also taken to the streets on a general strike day. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • Police officers run past a burning barricade on the fifth day of protests over the conviction of a dozen Catalan independence leaders in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Tens of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia’s independence and the release from prison of their separatist leaders have flooded downtown Barcelona. The protesters have poured into the city after some of them walked for three days in “Freedom marches” from towns across the northeastern Spanish region, joining students and workers who have also taken to the streets on a general strike day. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • Spanish police vans drive next to burning barricades during clashes with Catalan pro-independence protestors in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.The Catalan regional capital is bracing for a fifth day of protests over the conviction of a dozen Catalan independence leaders. Five marches of tens of thousands from inland towns are converging in Barcelona’s center for a mass protest. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Protestors wave Estelada pro-independence flags during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.The Catalan regional capital is bracing for a fifth day of protests over the conviction of a dozen Catalan independence leaders. Five marches of tens of thousands from inland towns are converging in Barcelona’s center for a mass protest. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

BARCELONA, Spain — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia’s independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest.

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