A general strike in Catalonia on Tuesday will likely bring much of the wealthy Spanish region to a standstill, a move bound to ratchet up tensions with the Spanish government following a fractious independence vote at the weekend.A large number of pro-separatist trade unions, businesses, schools, transport networks and cultural institutions – even the region’s successful soccer team FC Barcelona – are expected to stay closed or run heavily-reduced services on Tuesday in a protest against the Spanish police’s violent crackdown on the vote held Sunday.Large trade unions have organized the strike, calling on all members of Catalan society to take part following what they called a violation of citizens’ rights and freedoms following the Spanish government’s attempts to thwart the vote.
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