Crowds near the Parc de la Ciutadella Barcelona after Catalonia declared independence on October 27th. Photograph: Dave Walsh

Catalonia is at a standstill on Wednesday after protesters blocked roads, highways and train tracks as part of a regionwide strike, called by a pro-in(...)

Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags waving during a protest in Barcelona on Monday. Photograph: Pierre Philippe Marcoup/AFP/Getty Images

We spent from 5.30am on Sunday morning at the local library, or biblioteca, less than 100m from my home in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a town of 87,000 jus(...)