- Title: Catalan demonstrators throw rubbish bags near Spanish government headquarters
- Date: 20th October 2019
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (OCTOBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) PRO-INDEPENDENCE PROTESTERS HOLDING UP PHONES WITH LIGHTS ON DURING PROTEST NEAR SPANISH GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS PROTESTERS HOLDING UP PHONES WITH LIGHTS ON AND SHOUTING IN CATALAN: "NOT ONE STEP BACKWARDS" PROTESTERS HOLDING UP PHONES WITH LIGHTS ON AND SHOUTING IN CATALAN: "(MIQUEL) BUCH (CATALAN INTERIOR AFFAIRS CHIEF) RESIGN" PROTESTERS HOLDING UP PHONES WITH LIGHTS ON RUBBISH BAGS BEING TOSSED OUTSIDE SPANISH GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS PROTESTERS SINGING AND HOLDING PHONES WITH LIGHTS ON CROWD OF PROTESTERS WITH SOME TOSSING RUBBISH BAGS RUBBISH BAGS ON GROUND PROTESTERS GATHERED WITH SOME TOSSING RUBBISH BAGS AND HOLDING CATALAN INDEPENDENCE FLAGS PROTESTER TOSSING RUBBISH BAG PROTESTERS TOSSING RUBBISH BAGS AND TAKING VIDEO/PHOTOS WITH CATALAN INDEPENDENCE FLAGS IN THE BACKGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARTA GREGORI, 38, AUDITOR, SAYING: "We don't get anything with a pacific way of acting, but we are also convinced that violence is not the answer. Now, the fires that we've been seeing, they were barricades. They were not to hurt police, they were just to stay longer on the streets." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ERIC, 20, STUDENT, SAYING: "We have come to the Spanish government delegation to demand the release of the political prisoners, independence, and to show our anger we have thrown our rubbish to say Spain stinks." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JOSEP, 59, COMPANY ADMINISTRATOR, SAYING: "The Catalan people have always been peaceful, now, let's say that the level of indignation that the Catalan people have is so great that we are here for that, to manifest our indignation because we want our own state, we already had it and they took it away by force of weapons, we want to recover the state." GARBAGE BAGS WITH PICTURES OF SPANISH AND CATALAN POLITICIANS, AMONG THEM: QUIM TORRA, PRESIDENT OF CATALONIA; FERNANDO GRANDE-MARLASKA, MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR, SPANISH GOVERNMENT; PABLO CASADO, PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE'S PARTY; ALBERT RIVERA, PRESIDENT OF CITIZENS PARTY A GIRL BEING CARRIED ON SHOULDERS CARRYING A PAPERBOARD GARBAGE BIN AND THROWING IT RUBBISH BAGS ON GROUND PEOPLE STANDING, THROWING RUBBISH BAGS AND SHOUTING IN CATALAN: "OCCUPATION FORCES OUT!" PEOPLE STANDING, WOMAN WITH RUBBISH BAGS AND PROTESTERS SHOUTING IN CATALAN: "BUCH DIMISION" (BUSH RESIGN) PEOPLE STANDING, CLAPPING AND SHOUTING (Catalan): "CATALONIA ANTI-FASCIST" PEOPLE STANDING, CLAPPING, CARRYING RUBBISH BAGS AND SHOUTING (Catalan): "CATALONIA ANTI-FASCIST" RUBBISH BAGS ON GROUND ELDERLY WOMAN IN WHEEL-CHAIR THROWING RUBBISH BAGS, PEOPLE CLAPPING PEOPLE STANDING AND CARRYING RUBBISH BAGS PEOPLE STANDING, CARRYING GARBAGE BAGS AND SHOUTING (Catalan): "FREE POLITICAL PRISONERS" PEOPLE STANDING AND SHOUTING TOWARDS POLICE CATALAN POLICE STANDING GUARD
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2019 20:29
- Keywords: Spain Catalonia catalan protest pro-independence Spanish government delegation demonstration separatist protest
- Location: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1WI8NB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of pro-independence protesters took to the streets of Barcelona for a seventh successive night on Sunday (October 20), with anger over the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders showing little sign of abating.
One large crowd blocked a road close to the Spanish government headquarters in Catalonia, throwing dozens of sacks of rubbish in front of stationary police vans. A smaller group shut off a major avenue to the east of the city.
However, there was no sign of the violence that has shaken Barcelona in recent days, particularly on Friday (October 18), when masked youths set fire to hundreds of garbage bins and hurled rocks, stones and bottles at security forces.
Acting Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska told reporters earlier in the day that 288 police officers had been hurt in the clashes, 267 police vehicles damaged and 194 people arrested. Several hundred protesters were also hurt.
(Production: Rodrigo Gutierrez / Luis Felipe Fernandez/Liza Feria)
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