Spain: Demonstrators block Girona motorway following Puigdemont's arrest

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A group of Catalan independence supporters blocked Girona's major AP-7 motorway on Tuesday following the arrest of former Catalan President Carles Puidgemont.

Protesters placed a barricade on the road with banners calling for the establishment of a ‘Catalan Republic’ and ‘freedom of political prisoners’, in reference to the recent arrest of the deposed Catalan leader.

The blockade took place at around 06:30am local time (04:30 GMT), on what is usually a busy road that connects the French border with the metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Demonstrators also held blockades on other major roads across Catalonia.

Puigdemont was detained while crossing the border between Denmark and Germany on Sunday, and was moved to the Neumuenster correctional facility.

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