- Title: Pro-independence protesters clash with police in Barcelona
- Date: 14th October 2019
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (OCTOBER 14, 2019) (REUTERS) SPANISH RIOT POLICE RUNNING TOWARDS SEPARATIST PROTESTERS SPANISH RIOT POLICE WIELDING BATONS AND HITTING PROTESTERS SPANISH RIOT POLICE USING SHIELDS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM PROTESTERS THROWING CANS VARIOUS OF RIOT POLICE SETTING UP BARRIERS AROUND THE SPANISH POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN BARCELONA PROTEST IN PROGRESS SPANISH FLAGS ON THE GROUND NEXT TO RIOT POLICE PROTESTERS CHANTING PROTESTERS MOVING BARRIERS AND THROWING CANS AT POLICE PROTEST IN PROGRESS / RIOT POLICE
- Embargoed: 28th October 2019 19:18
- Keywords: protest Supreme court ruling conviction of Catalan separatists sentence Catalonia Spain
- Location: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA001B12L9AF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Catalan pro-independence protesters clashed with Spanish riot police on Monday (October 14) as demonstrators moved the barriers set up to protect the Spanish national police headquarters in central Barcelona.
Thousands of people flooded the streets of the Catalan capital after the Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in a failed independence bid.
Three other defendants who were also on trial for their involvement in the October 2017 referendum held in spite of a ban and a short-lived independence declaration, were found guilty only of disobedience and not sentenced to prison.
All defendants were acquitted of the gravest charge, rebellion, but leading separatists were quick to condemn the court's decision and the jailed men sent out messages of defiance, urging people to take to the streets.
Protesters also blocked roads leading to the airport forcing more than 100 flights to be grounded and clashed with police who responded using batons and firing foam balls.
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