Trial Protests
Protesters blocked highways in Catalonia this morning as the trial of separatist leaders gets underway in the Supreme Court in Madrid.
The protests, which have also led authorities to close off some main roads in Barcelona, were timed with the start of arguably Spain’s most consequential trial in four decades of democracy.
Twelve defendants are being tried for their roles in pushing ahead with a unilateral independence declaration based on the results of a referendum that ignored a constitutional ban. Some face decades in prison if they are found guilty of rebellion.

Beach Club Fire.
A BEACH club on the Costa del Sol which was a favorite haunt for celebrities burned down after a fire broke out there yesterday evening.
Investigators have begun probing the cause of the fire at the Playa Padre club in Marbella. The club opened in May 2017 with a star-studded event featuring Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and went onto host various celebrities.
Emergency services were alerted to the fire after it began at around 7pm. The club was closed at the time and no one is thought to have been injured in the blaze.
Firefighters were later able to bring the fire under control. Videos posted to social media showed the building engulfed in flames.
The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

Tanker Crash
An emergency plan to deal with accidents involving the transport of dangerous goods swung into action in Andalucia last night after a tanker lorry carrying around 30,000 litres of butane gas overturned.
The Andalucian government delegate for Huelva activated the plan at 8.47pm after the accident on the A-49 at Bonares.
The emergency services were alerted to the incident by calls indicating the tanker driver had been injured in the incident. He was transferred to hospital.
the DGT, said that although there was diesel spilt on the road from the crashed vehicle there was no leakage of butane gas from the tanker.
Traffic diversions have been put in place as the road remains closed.

Gareth Bale Shock
Team mate Marcelo has revealed the four Spanish words Gareth Bale knows after six years in Madrid
The former Tottenham star has been forced to settle for a place on the Real Madrid bench in recent matches
Gareth Bale may well be in his sixth season with Spanish giants Real Madrid but he is yet to master the language.
The Wales winger arrived in Spain amid much fanfare in 2013 when he signed from Tottenham for a then world record fee of £89million.
But, despite helping the European giants win four Champions Leagues and one La Liga title during his time at the Bernabeu, he is yet to fully win over the fans in the capital.
Bale recently scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid in the derby victory over Atletico Madrid at the weekend, and will now turn his attention to the Champions League encounter with Ajax.
The Spanish giants face their Dutch counterparts in the first leg of their round of 16 clash tomorrow night.

Orba On Top
And Orba FC are back on top of their League after beating Atletico La Vall 4 – 0 at the Orba Sports Ground on Sunday