Dozens of flights canceled in Barcelona by protests

One of the images of the day, In the terminal 1 El Prat Airport. The Mossos have charged against the protesters to control the situation, using foam bullets. Photo: TVE.
By Hector Murcia

Hundreds of travelers were affected this Monday by the cancellation of some 108 flights at El Prat airport, from Barcelona, due to protests.

Thousands of protesters gathered at the air terminal, from early in the morning, to show their dissatisfaction with the prison sentences that the Spanish Supreme Court issued against nine pro-independence leaders, who are in prison.

Sitting, protesters blocked the way, in front of several entrances of Terminal T1. Most of the flights that depart from this air terminal in Spain, have connections in multiple destinations around the world.

Anticipating that this type of demonstration would occur, both the Mossos d’Escuadra (Catalonia police) as the Civil Guard, they deployed from early Monday, a safety device, that restricts access to the air terminal, only for people who present a flight ticket or any document that proves that they actually travel.

Despite the controls, nail 8,000 people gathered at the airport facilities to demonstrate.

To deter protesters, the security forces tried to enable the accesses by carrying out charges against them, throwing smoke and foam shots at him. At least one person is believed to have been arrested.

Barcelona airport is the second most important in Spain. Due to the tension over the demonstrations, the government entity that manages the operation of Spanish airports, decided to cancel 24 flights that were scheduled for morning hours.

Many flight crew members that were scheduled for morning hours, they could not access the Spanish port facilities.

The "Democratic Tsunami" movement, a platform that brings together Catalan independence entities, has prepared mobilizations for the next few days in different parts of Catalonia with the aim of paralyzing the activities of the city.

Groups and protesters protest the convictions of nine and 13 years in prison that the High Court gave the former vice president of the Generalitat Oriol Junqueras, and Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva and Dolors Bassa, Joaquim Forn and Josep Rull, leaders of the ANC and Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart.