French border blocked by protesters - live updates
Pro-independence activists resume actions against the imprisonment of their leaders a day after the Spanish election
Catalan activists blocked one of the main roads connecting Spain with France on Monday morning, only hours after a snap general election worsened the political deadlock at the state level. The occupation of the AP-7 highway, which is expected to last three days, is the latest protest action by the anonymous Tsunami Democràtic group to put pressure on Madrid authorities to negotiate a political solution for the Catalan crisis and demand the release of imprisoned pro-independence leaders.
Meanwhile, Spain's acting president Pedro Sánchez faces the renewed challenge of forming a government at a time of unprecedented political fragmentation, with pro-independence parties stronger than ever in the Spanish Congress, and far-right Vox making big gains at the expense of Ciudadanos, whose leader Albert Rivera resigned on Monday.
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