- Title: Thousands protest in Madrid against Catalan leaders verdict
- Date: 19th October 2019
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (OCTOBER 19, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING AND CHANTING "HERE THEY ARE THE ANTI-FASCISTS" DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING AND HOLDING A SIGN READING (Spanish): "DECIDING IS NOT A CRIME" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING ACCOMPANIED BY RIOT POLICE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER FROM GRANADA, TRINI, SAYING: "I think it is an unfair sentence, a politicized sentence. I'm here because there are no separation of competencies in the Spanish system and basically because I think it is unfair." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER FROM MADRID, ESPARTACO, SAYING: "Catalonia is a population, a population inside the Iberian peninsula, and I defend the right of every single population to self-determination. They should decide as a population what they want to do, if they want to join us, the Spaniards, or they want to create their own state." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING AND CHANTING "SPANISH MEDIA, MANIPULATORS" PROTESTERS WAVING SPANISH REPUBLICAN FLAGS DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING AND SINGING "MADRID WILL BE THE FASCISM'S TOMB" PROTESTER WAVING REPUBLICAN FLAG VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING AND SINGING "FREEDOM FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS" PROTESTERS MARCHING, SIGN READING (in Catalan) "FREEDOM FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING DEMONSTRATORS GATHERED AT PUERTA DEL SOL SINGING "MADRID IS WITH CATALAN PEOPLE" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED
- Embargoed: 2nd November 2019 20:06
- Keywords: Spain Catalonia catalan separatists pro-independence riot police catalan protests violent protesters Madrid
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1RIONB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of people marched in central Madrid on Saturday (October 19) to protest against the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders which has caused a wave of violence in the region.
Barcelona saw its worst night of disturbances in decades on Friday (October 18) as masked youths blocked roads with blazing garbage bins and hurled rocks at security forces, who responded by firing repeated rounds of smoke grenades and tear gas.
Protesters in the Spanish capital chanted slogans like "Madrid is with the Catalan people" and demanded the release of convicted separatist leaders.
Catalonia's president, Quim Torra, said the violence did not reflect the peaceful nature of the traditional Catalan independence movement and asked for discussions with Madrid.
(Production: Julien Hennequin, Miguel Gutierrez)
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