Spain: 51 arrests after the violence in Catalonia

Clashes between protesters and police forces after the condemnation of the separatist leaders on 15 October 2019 in Barcelona

Fifty-one people were arrested in Catalonia after the violence in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday during protests against the condemnation of independence leaders, announced Wednesday the Spanish government.

According to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, 29 people were arrested in the province of Barcelona, ​​14 in Tarragona and 8 in Lleida.

72 regional and national police were wounded in the violence, some with fractures, according to the ministry.

Demonstrations against the condemnation of independentist leaders on 15 October 2019 in Barcelona

Containers on fire, police charges: the centre of Barcelona experienced urban guerrilla scenes on Tuesday night.

Clashes also took place in Girona, Tarragona or Lleida where, as in Barcelona, ​​the pro-independence groups had called for demonstrations in front of the government buildings.

In Barcelona, ​​40,000 people took part in the demonstration before the clashes opposed a few hundred militants, often masked, to the security forces who charged.

The mobilization against Monday’s condemnation of independence leaders to terms ranging from nine to 13 years in prison for their role in the secession attempt of 2017 continues Wednesday.

According to the government, the high-speed line between Barcelona and France was cut off following sabotage. Markets will start Wednesday from five Catalan cities to converge in Barcelona Friday, day of “general strike” and mass demonstration.

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