Regional traffic authorities in Catalonia confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday morning that more than 50 barricades or protests had blocked roads across the region, including major toll roads and motorways used for commercial traffic to and from France.
The protests are part of a day of "total stoppage" called by Catalan separatists and backed by the leading trade unions in the region.
In images and footage posted online and broadcast on TV3, tractors, students, protestors and tyres—and even two people playing chess on a table in the middle of one motorway–could all be seen blocking roads.
Long lines of lorries could be seen backed up on many motorways. Data from regional traffic authorities showed the largest traffic jam caused by the protest was 10 kilometres long on the AP7 motorway near Girona; another closer to Barcelona was nine kilometres long; a third near Lleida has vehicles trapped for seven kilometres.
A spokesman for the governing Popular Party, Rafael Hernando, told a radio programme on Tuesday that the strike was entirely political and "nothing to do with labour relations or employment".
"It's Nazi-like", he added.
Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont said on Twitter that "Today is a day of democratic, civic, dignified protest. Don't let yourself be provoked. The world has seen it: we are peaceful people".
In Barcelona, several thousand people gathered outside the central government office and protested in silence with their hands in the air in protest over the riot police charges on Sunday that the Catalan government says injured 893 people in some way.
In Gerona, several thousand people gathered outside the headquarters of the Catalan government.
Spanish rail track operator Adif reported on Twitter throughout the morning that protestors had alternately blocked and been cleared from the lines at the train station in Girona. By 12 p.m., train services had again been suspended.
A spokesman for Spanish traffic authorities (DGT) told The Spain Report that responsibility for traffic management and motorways was a power that had been devolved to Catalonia.
The DGT has no role in what is happening on roads in the region this morning, despite Catalonia being a Spanish region.
The Civil Guard, which is responsible for policing Spanish motorways in the rest of the country, told The Spain Report that it did not do so in Catalonia. That power had been devolved to Catalan authorities, so responsibility for motorways in the region belongs to the Catalan Police, the Mossos.
The Mossos told The Spain Report that there was no plan today to try to unblock roads in the region or remove the 50-or-so barricades or protests.
The Home Office, the Public Works Ministry and the central government office in Barcelona were not available for comment on Tuesday morning.