Separatists In Catalonia Block Roads, Rail Line A Year After Vote

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Pro-independence protesters obstructed major roads and a high-speed railway line in Spain’s Catalonia region on Monday, one year after a banned referendum on secession marred by police violence.

“Everything began on October 1 and everything goes back to October 1,” the region’s separatist president Quim Torra said.

He was speaking at a ceremony in Sant Julia de Ramis, northern Catalonia, on a stage next to a large black and white banner that read “No forgetting, no forgiving.”

Ten kilometres (six miles) away in Girona, hundreds of activists, many covering their faces with scarves, occupied high-speed railway tracks for around three hours, blocking services linking Figueres, Girona and Barcelona, Spain’s state-owned rail operator Renfe said.

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