- Title: Fires rage as protesters attack police vans near Barca stadium
- Date: 18th December 2019
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (DECEMBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) POLICE VANS DRIVING ALONG STREET, CATALAN PRO-INDEPENDENCE PROTESTERS THROWING OBJECTS AT THE VANS, RIOT POLICE GETTING OUT OF THE VANS AND APPROACHING THE PROTESTERS AS A FIRE RAGES IN THE STREET POLICE AIMING GUNS WHICH CONTAIN RUBBER BULLETS POLICE VANS DRIVING ALONG STREET WITH WASTE CONTAINERS ON FIRE RIOT POLICE STANDING IN STREET WITH DEMONSTRATORS STANDING IN THE BACKGROUND WASTE CONTAINERS ON FIRE WITH MEDIA, POLICE AND DEMONSTRATORS IN THE STREET RIOT POLICE IN STREET PLUME OF BLACK SMOKE RISING INTO AIR PROTESTERS THROWING OBJECTS AT POLICE VANS PROTESTERS RUNNING AWAY FROM RIOT POLICE PEOPLE WATCH ON AS FIRES SWEEP THE STREETS DEMONSTRATORS STAND IN STREET, ONE WAVING AN ESTELADA FLAG AS A FIRE RAGES BEHIND THEM PROTESTERS STANDING IN STREET POLICE VANS DRIVING THROUGH FIRE POLICE ARRESTING A PROTESTER BARCELONA FANS LEAVING CAMP NOU AFTER 0-0 DRAW WITH REAL MADRID VARIOUS OF PEOPLE STANDING IN STREET WITH FIRE RAGING IN MIDDLE OF STREET
- Embargoed: 1st January 2020 22:38
- Keywords: Barcelona Catalan independence Clasico Real Madrid police pro-independence protesters riot police
- Location: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAI8I87
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Police clashed with pro-independence supporters and protesters set garbage containers on fire on Wednesday (December 18) near Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium during Spain's most high-profile match - the "Clasico".
Minutes before the match began Catalan police broke up fighting that flared between some Barcelona fans and pro-independence protesters, detaining one person for throwing projectiles at them.
As the second half got underway masked demonstrators broke down an exterior fence in a failed attempt to gain entry to the stadium, a police spokesman said.
The group set fire to waste containers to create a barricade before several vans full of police arrived to disperse the crowd, Reuters TV footage showed.
Wednesday's protest was called by secretive Catalan protest group Democratic Tsunami, which says it favours peaceful civic disobedience and whose main goals are to get Spain to negotiate on Catalonia's right to self-determination and to achieve freedom for the jailed separatists.
Many protesters carried banners that read "Spain, sit and talk" and the organisation said on Twitter it would distribute 100,000 of those banners to the people attending the game. It also told them to bring inflatable balls and to write on them a "message for the world".
The La Liga game had initially been scheduled to occur two months ago. However, it was postponed on security concerns due to unrest in the wealthy northeastern region after Spain's Supreme Court in October sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in prison.
(Production: Marco Trujillo, Miguel Pereira, Tim Hart)
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