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Barcelona protests: Catalonians clash with police as they demand independence from Madrid

December 21, 2018 5:41 PM
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Barcelona protests: Catalonians clash with police as they demand independence from Madrid

BARCELONA protesters clashed with Spanish police on Friday as they marched for Catalonia independence from Madrid ahead of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visit.

Spanish demonstrators wearing high-viz vests replicated the Gilet-Jaunes protests which swept through France and Belgium earlier this month. Around 30 police officers were injured during the violent clashes as 11 protesters who let off flares and burned an image of the Spanish King Felipe VI were arrested. Officers dragged masked Catalonian protesters from Barcelona roads on Friday who were angry with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez holding his weekly cabinet meeting in a building in the middle of the city.

Catalonians have held tight to their dreams of independence despite Madrid repeatedly clamping down on the region's attempts to break away from Spain.

Demonstrators hurled smoke bombs at Mossos police officers with one thug recorded attacking a police van with a steel pole.

Another masked yob was photographed preparing to launch a missile towards police lines.

Catalan independence group Defense Committee of the Republic (CDR) erected burning barricades along the main road into Tarragona ahead of Mr Sanchez's meeting.

In October 2017, Carles Puigdemont's pro-independence Partit Demòcrata Europeu Català (PDeCAT) authorised a referendum in which 90 percent of voters chose to break away from the central Madrid Government.

After snap regional elections were held in December 2017 it took several intense months for Catalan nationalists to get a new cabinet approved by the regional parliament and go past the Capital’s moves to block any candidate in self-imposed exile - like Mr Puigdemont - or in prison.


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