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Increasingly violent protests continue to rage in the Catalonia region of Spain, with unrest bringing Barcelona to a standstill for a second day, after some 500,000 pro-independence marchers converged on the city Friday from other towns and the countryside, following nearly a week of ongoing protests against Monday’s supreme court verdict sentencing at least nine Catalan independence leaders to between 9 and 13 years in prison.
Overnight Friday police used riot control measures, including water cannons and rubber bullets in attempts to disperse the large crowds, which according to the Associated Press were “throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of bonfires in large garbage bins.”
Whatever you think of #Catalonia I think we can all agree that this kind of violence is completely unprovoked and unjustified pic.twitter.com/LhJOE9Q29A
As the clearest sign of growing violence in the protests, state sources cited around 400 people injured by the end of this week of growing chaos in the streets, many of them police officers.
According to some estimates around 100 security personnel have suffered injuries; however, police were in a number of instances caught on video brutally beating demonstrators.
Seriously! What the hell is this?
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) October 19, 2019
— Oh boy what a shot (@ohboywhatashot) October 19, 2019
La policia española lleva 5 dias reprimiendo en Cataluña. Cada dia cientos de imágenes de violencia cada dia. Un -muy pequeño resumen- de lo que está pasando en las calles de Barcelona. El Gobierno teme que esto se vea fuera de España. Ayúdanos a difundir. pic.twitter.com/22011HERqW
— Albano-Dante Fachin (@AlbanoDante76) October 19, 2019
Spanish cops beat Catalan demonstrators with no reason. This is pure hate. They appear, hit and leave. pic.twitter.com/gu0hK8KHHR
— Help Catalonia 🎗 (@CataloniaHelp2) October 19, 2019
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