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What began as a massive pacific protest and general strike on Friday descended into chaos for the fifth night in a row as hundreds of rioters lit fires across the city centers and clashed with police. The protests continue.
Axar.az reports citing Anadolu Agency.
On Saturday, there is heavy police presence around railways and the airport. The AP-7 highway on the French border has been cut. Large protests have been called for Saturday evening again.
The Catalan police reported that 54 people were arrested overnight. Catalan daily La Vanguardia says there were at least 89 people injured.
On Friday evening, there was a massive march in Barcelona protesting the Supreme Court sentencing of Catalan independence leaders. Around 525,000 people attended, according to Barcelona authorities.
From there, the Catalan police reported that a group of 4,500 moved to a different square, 500 of them appearing violent, and then the city went up in flames again.
Protestors built bonfires fueled by material like garbage containers and police barricades across the city. Hundreds of police and firefighters tried to control the fires throughout the night. Police launched teargas and rubber bullets at the protestors and used a water cannon for the first time since the protests broke out on Monday.
2019.10.19 / 21:13