TENSIONS RISE IN BARCELONA


16/10/2019




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- There has been a row in Spain between police and protesters protesting the Supreme Court's convictions of separatist Catalan politicians.

Thousands of demonstrators stood vigil overnight near Spanish government buildings in 4 provinces in the autonomous region of Catalonia. After some protesters threw sparklers and objects at security forces during the vigil in Barcelona, the region's capital, and kicked off makeshift fences around buildings, police intervened with demonstrators. The protesters, who set up barricades with trash cans, fences and cardboard boxes, then set the barricades on fire. Police dispersed the demonstrators using batons.

The vigils, held in Catalonia's cities of Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, as well as in smaller cities, are called by two separatist groups, the ANC and the Omnium. Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, the leaders of that group, are among the separatists who have been sentenced by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court recently handed down prison sentences to nine of the twelve Catalan politicians on trial for organizing the independence referendum, which was held despite being declared illegal in Catalonia's autonomous government.


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