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Spain: Catalan nationalist march ends in violence outside parliament

Spain, Barcelona
September 12, 2019 at 00:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Supporters of Catalan nationalism marched in central Barcelona on the National Day of Catalonia this Wednesday.

Most of the protests were peaceful, although a group of around a thousand demonstrators tried to storm the regional parliament building as night fell.

The spontaneous demonstration saw a tense stand off between Mossos d'Esquadra, the regional police force, and protesters covering their faces. A barricade of security perimeter fences was built and symbols of Spanish nationalism burnt.

Security forces were charged with securing the building and preventing an occupation, as happened last year.

Catalonia's national day, the Diada, marks the fall of Barcelona in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the region's subsequent loss of institutions and freedoms.

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Supporters of Catalan nationalism marched in central Barcelona on the National Day of Catalonia this Wednesday.

Most of the protests were peaceful, although a group of around a thousand demonstrators tried to storm the regional parliament building as night fell.

The spontaneous demonstration saw a tense stand off between Mossos d'Esquadra, the regional police force, and protesters covering their faces. A barricade of security perimeter fences was built and symbols of Spanish nationalism burnt.

Security forces were charged with securing the building and preventing an occupation, as happened last year.

Catalonia's national day, the Diada, marks the fall of Barcelona in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the region's subsequent loss of institutions and freedoms.

LOCATION: Central Barcelona

W/S Protesters in front of Catalan separatist flag

M/S Protesters holding signs and flags

M/S Protesters holding banner

C/U CUP politician Maria Sirvent holding banner

W/S Protesters marching holding banners, signs and flags

M/S Protesters carrying gigantic separatist flag

SOT, Rita Bruguera, spokeswoman of Esquerra Independentista (Catalan): "It's an opportunity to transmit our political project, of feminism, socialism, and Catalan Countries to all the working class. We said and say that without disobedience there is no independence, and from this disobedience takes us to vote on October 1st referendum, and it's not take it to the end what makes us do steps backs."

M/S Protesters marching holding banner

M/S Protesters marching

SOT, Nuria Marti, spokeswoman Arran (Catalan): "We understand that the short terms, the pacts and go from law to law are useless, we always said it, but seems that is becoming more evident now than ever. We always bet for organise from the base, from neighbourhoods and towns in all the fronts that touch the working class, and we can see on the success that fight for housing is having in all the Catalan Countries, and on the convening power that the feminist fight has in all the territory."

LOCATION: Parc de la Ciutadella

W/S Protesters in front of Catalan parliament

M/S Protesters behind fence

C/U Protesters with covered faces

M/S Protester being hit by police officer

W/S Police officers in front of Catalan Parliament

M/S Police officers in front of Catalan Parliament

W/S Protesters behind fence

W/S Protesters setting Spanish flag on fire

W/S Protesters knocking down fence

W/S Police officers approaching fence

M/S Police officers

M/S Protesters walking with police officers following

W/S Police officers fending off projectiles

M/S Police officers closing gate

C/U Police officers closing gate

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