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PHOTO GALLERY: Catalonia protesters' strike closes down roads




A demonstrators waves an independence flag as they block a train track during a general strike in Girona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 AP

Thousands of people rally outside the regional presidential palace in Sant Jaume Square during a general strike in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 AP

Thousands of people rally outside the regional presidential palace in Sant Jaume Square during a general strike in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 AP

Thousands of people rally next to the regional presidential palace in Sant Jaume Square during a general strike in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 AP

People hold placards reading "Free political prisoners" and Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flags during a demonstration outside the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona on November 8, 2017 AFP

People hold placards reading "Free political prisoners" and Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flags during a demonstration outside the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona on November 8, 2017 AFP

Demonstrators block a highway during the general strike in Vilassar de Mar, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 AP

Car are blocked as demonstrators block Ronda Dalt road during the general strike in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 AP

A man plays th eguitar next to people holding placards reading "Free political prisoners" during a demonstration outside the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona on November 8, 2017 AFP

A man holds a placard depecting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during a demonstration outside the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona on November 8, 2017 AFP

Catalan pro-independence union CSC called the strike which was supported by civic groups Asamblea Nacional Catalana (ANC) and Omnium Cultural, whose leaders were imprisoned last month on sedition charges.

Scores of people stood across dozens of major highways in the region waving placards and chanting “freedom for political prisoners” while minor scuffles were reported on social media as police attempted to move protesters, TV and video images showed.

One crowd of activists also forced their way into the train station in the city of Girona and protested on the tracks, causing delays, images on social media showed.

However, despite transport delays, shops and businesses in the region largely appeared to be functioning as normal.