After attending the call for protests in Barcelona, the battle between citizens and police forces left a balance of fourteen wounded and one arrested for Wednesday night, according to the international news agency EFE. On Tuesday, 125 injured were treated by health services, while 51 people were arrested, the Interior Ministry said.
And for the third consecutive night, thousands of protesters faced riot police in the Catalan capital, throwing blunt objects and setting fire to garbage containers and even vehicles. EFE reports that protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails at the police and even pyrotechnics at a helicopter.
Barcelona had already shown scenes of urban guerrillas and altercations between law enforcement and protesters after the Supreme Court sentenced nine separatist leaders to jail for their role in the 2017 secession attempt.
Born out of frustration, two years after the failed attempt at secession, which left the separatists aimlessly clear, the violence shows a radicalization of a part of the independence movement, which boasted of having been, until now, peaceful.
And against this, especially for the most recent protests, the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, called on the authorities of Catalonia to condemn «without palliative» violence.
The international news agency EFE offers some images of the situation:
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VIDEO | IMAGES OF THE SITUATION IN THE CENTER OF BARCELONA, WHERE NOW FOURTEEN INJURIES AND A DETAINED IN THE THIRD NIGHT OF ALTERCATES AFTER THE JUDGMENT OF # PROCES. #CATALONIA
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On the morning of Wednesday, thousands of people began to march from five Catalan cities to converge in Barcelona on Friday, when a general strike and a mass rally will take place.