Spanish police clash with Catalan protesters in central Barcelona

Spanish police and militant elements in a thousands-strong crowd of protesters clashed in the streets of Barcelona close to police headquarters late on Saturday as a pro-independence demonstration by a direct action group turned violent. The protest began around 7:30 p.m. and as the crowd grew to around 10,000, according to police estimates, demonstrators threw… Read More Spanish police clash with Catalan protesters in central Barcelona

Tension as pro and anti Catalan independence demonstrators shut down central Barcelona

Thousands of people demonstrating both for and against Catalan independence shut down parts of central Barcelona on Saturday, two days before the anniversary of a vote on secession last year that polarised the wealthy Spanish region. Tensions remain high in the independence-minded region a year after the October 1 vote deemed illegal by Madrid but… Read More Tension as pro and anti Catalan independence demonstrators shut down central Barcelona

Political crisis in Spain as Catalonia holds firm on independence bid

​ Catalonia refused on Tuesday to bow to the Spanish government’s demand that it renounce a symbolic declaration of independence, setting it on a political collision course with Madrid later this week. The Spanish government has threatened to put Catalonia, which accounts for a fifth of the economy, under direct central rule if its government… Read More Political crisis in Spain as Catalonia holds firm on independence bid

Thousands of Spaniards protest against Catalonia independence

​ Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to any declaration of independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue. The protesters rallied in central Barcelona, waving Spanish and Catalan flags and banners saying “Catalonia is Spain” and “Together… Read More Thousands of Spaniards protest against Catalonia independence