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Spain: Hundreds of pro-independence protesters hit Barcelona ahead of general elections

Spain, Barcelona
November 10, 2019 at 01:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of pro-independence activists gathered in Barcelona on Saturday, one day ahead of the Spanish general elections.

The march, called by the Committee for the Defence of the Republic of Catalonia (CDR) and the Democratic Tsunami activist group, which advocates for Catalonian independence, was reportedly joined by at least 500 protesters.

Demonstrators headed towards the police headquarters located at Via Laietana, where clashes took place in previous weeks of unrest but were stopped by a joint operation of the Mossos d'Esquadra and the National Police. All the streets providing access to the police headquarters, and the nearby Urquinaona square, were cordoned off by the authorities.

Spain will return to the polls for the second time in 2019, with a general election set for 10 November. The winner of the April 28 elections, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), was unable to form a government amid months of political instability.

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Hundreds of pro-independence activists gathered in Barcelona on Saturday, one day ahead of the Spanish general elections.

The march, called by the Committee for the Defence of the Republic of Catalonia (CDR) and the Democratic Tsunami activist group, which advocates for Catalonian independence, was reportedly joined by at least 500 protesters.

Demonstrators headed towards the police headquarters located at Via Laietana, where clashes took place in previous weeks of unrest but were stopped by a joint operation of the Mossos d'Esquadra and the National Police. All the streets providing access to the police headquarters, and the nearby Urquinaona square, were cordoned off by the authorities.

Spain will return to the polls for the second time in 2019, with a general election set for 10 November. The winner of the April 28 elections, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), was unable to form a government amid months of political instability.

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