Catalan secessionists block highways, train tracks in strike

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Strikers backing Catalonia’s secession from Spain blocked major highways, train tracks and roads across the northeastern region yesterday to protest the trial of a dozen separatist leaders. The general strike was organised by small unions of pro-independence workers and students. On paper, they are demanding improved social policies including a 35-hour work week and a higher minimum wage, but the protesters carried pro-secession flags and chanted slogans for the release of the 12 separatists currently on trial in the Madrid-based Supreme Court. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin