How Catalan protest tactics are inspired by Hong Kong

How Catalan protest tactics are inspired by Hong KongFrom blocking airports to using encrypted messaging apps, Catalan separatists demonstrating against the jailing of nine of their leaders are openly copying tactics devised by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. Shortly after Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms of up to 13 years over their role in a failed 2017 independence bid, 240,000 users of Russian-designed messaging app Telegram received a message urging them to head to Barcelona’s El Prat airport, Spain’s second busiest. The goal according to the message — sent by a new anonymous separatist organisation called Democratic Tsunami — was to “paralyse” the airport, just as demonstrators did in Hong Kong in September.

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