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World Barcelona mayor pleads for violence in Catalonia to stop

02:45  20 october  2019
02:45  20 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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"This cannot continue. Barcelona does not deserve it," Mayor Ada Colau told reporters, adding that Friday's violence was the worst so far.

Protesters clashed with police again later on Saturday despite efforts by some citizens to mediate by gathering between the two sides. There was also a skirmish between separatist supporters and police in a square in Spain's capital, Madrid. Authorities are bracing for more protests in the coming days.

Radical separatists have fought with police every night in Barcelona and other Catalan cities following huge peaceful protests by people angered by Monday's Supreme Court verdict that sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison for their roles in a failed 2017 secession attempt.

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BARCELONA , Spain (AP) — The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona has called for calm after violent protests by Catalan separatists again rocked Mayor Ada Colau said Saturday that "this cannot continue. Barcelona does not deserve it." Colau said Friday's violence was worse than that of the

BARCELONA , Spain (AP) — The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona has called for calm after violent protests by Colau said Friday's violence was worse than that of the four preceding nights. Protesters are angered by Monday's Supreme Court verdict that sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison.

More than 500,000 people gathered in downtown Barcelona on Friday in a massive show of support for the secession movement that is backed by roughly half of the wealthy northeastern region's 5.5 million voters.

Before night fell, several hundred masked youths had surrounded the headquarters of the National Police and started a street battle that raged into the night in Barcelona, a popular tourist destination.

"The images of organized violence during the night in Barcelona have overshadowed the half a million people who demonstrated in a peaceful and civic manner to show they rejected the verdict," said Catalan interior chief Miquel Buch, who oversees the regional police.

Rioters have burned hundreds of trash bins and hurled gasoline bombs, chunks of pavement, acid, and firecrackers, among other objects, at police. They have used nails to puncture the tires of police vans and fireworks to hit one police helicopter, without doing it serious damage.

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BARCELONA , Spain (AP) — The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona has called for calm after violent protests by Colau said Friday's violence was worse than that of the four preceding nights. Protesters are angered by Monday's Supreme Court verdict that sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison.

The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona has called for calm after violent protests by Catalan separatists again rocked Spain's second largest city. Barcelona does not deserve it." Colau said Friday's violence was worse than that of the four preceding nights. Protesters are angered by Monday's

Outnumbered officers in riot gear from both Catalonia's regional police and Spain's national police have used batons, rubber and foam bullets, tear gas and water cannon to battle back.

Residents and tourists have run for cover.

"It has been quite scary," said Deepa Khumar, a doctor from Toronto visiting for a medical conference. "This place, it looks like a war zone."

Authorities say over 500 people have been hurt this week, including protesters and police. Eighteen people remained hospitalized, at least one in very serious condition. Police have made over 150 arrests.

Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said that 101 police officers were injured on Friday alone and that 264 police vehicles have been severely damaged in the week's riots.

A small group of supporters of Spanish unity approached the police headquarters that has been the focus of separatists' rage to give officers flowers and gifts on Saturday.

"We feel so anguished," said 54-year-old economist María Jesús Cortés. "There used to be a nice atmosphere here in Barcelona. Everybody with their own ideas, and that was it. We used to live in peace."

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BARCELONA , Spain (AP) — The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona has called for calm after violent protests by Catalan separatists again rocked Spain’s second largest city. Mayor Ada Colau said Saturday that “this cannot continue. Barcelona does not deserve it.” Colau said Friday’s violence

BARCELONA , Spain — The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona has called for calm after violent protests by Catalan separatists again rocked Spain’s second largest city. Mayor Ada Colau said Saturday that “this cannot continue. Barcelona does not deserve it.” Colau said Friday’s violence was worse than

Minister Grande-Marlaska asked Catalonia's regional president to explicitly condemn the escalating violence and express his support for law enforcement officials.

"We have gone five days in which there has not been a firm condemnation of violence" by Catalan leader Quim Torra, Grande-Marlaska said.

Torra has called on protesters to respect the non-violent tenets of the separatist movement that has surged over the past decade.

But on Saturday Torra and his vice president, Pere Aragonès, used a televised address mostly to criticize the Supreme Court verdict. Aragonès also insinuated that the national police, which are controlled by Madrid, had acted too aggressively with protesters.

Torra demanded to meet Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to push his agenda for secession and freedom for the prisoners.

"We ask once again the acting Spanish PM to set the date and time to sit with us at a negotiating table," Torra said. "Today this is more necessary than ever before."

The prime minister's office responded that "the government of Spain has always been in favor of dialogue, but within the confines of the law."


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