Catalonia protesters clash with police over separatist trial

February 22, 2019

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Riot police clashed with pro-independence Catalan protesters in Barcelona on Thursday while other activists burned tires and tried to block highways across northeast Spain as part of a day of protests against the trial of 12 separatist leaders.

Near the Plaza Catalonia railway station in downtown Barcelona, police in riot gear used batons against a large group of mostly young protesters after some of them hurled stones at the police. No arrests or injuries were reported.

(Reporting by Pilar Suárez and Jordi Rubio; Writing by Paul Day and Andrei Khalip; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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