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 ...

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