- Title: Protest against separatists' sentencing sets Barcelona streets ablaze
- Date: 17th October 2019
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (OCTOBER 16 - 17, 2019) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF GARBAGE CONTAINERS ON FIRE POLICE OFFICERS MOVING FORWARD PROTESTORS CHANTING (Catalan): THE STREETS WILL ALWAYS BE OURS CONTAINER ON FIRE PROTESTORS DURING RIOTS VARIOUS OF FLAMES ON STREET VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICERS FIRE ENGINE VAN ON STREET FIREMAN TURNING EXTINGUISHING WITH WATER VARIOUS OF PROTESTORS MOVING BIN CONTAINERS VARIOUS OF PROTESTORS RUNNING POLICE OFFICERS SHOOTING RUBBER BALLS TO PROTESTORS PROTESTORS RUNNING
- Embargoed: 31st October 2019 00:35
- Keywords: Separatist protests Catalonia street blaze Barcelona Spain riot police petrol bombs Catalan separatist leaders
- Location: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1HIJIF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Protesters set cars on fire and threw petrol bombs at police in the Spanish city of Barcelona on Wednesday night (October 16-17), intensifying unrest sparked by the sentencing of Catalan separatist leaders who had sought to declare an independent state.
Divisions over a drive to split the northeastern region of Catalonia from Spain roiled the country in 2017, and re-surfaced on Monday (October 15) when the Supreme Court sentenced nine politicians and activists to up to 13 years in jail.
Peaceful demonstration throughout Wednesday deteriorated after nightfall into clashes between police and protesters, prompting regional government leader Quim Torra to demand an immediate return to normality.
Police said Molotov cocktail petrol bombs and acid were thrown at officers. In some places, police charged at protesters and fired foam projectiles, Reuters witnesses said.
(Production: Jordi Rubio, Miguel Pereira, May Ponzo)
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