Another night of violence in the streets of Barcelona

epa07926212 A car is consumed by flames during riots against the Spanish Supreme Court's ruling of multiple jail terms for pro-independence leaders, in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 16 October 2019. Spanish acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has separately convened the three main political parties' leaders, UP's Pablo Iglesias, PP's Pablo Casado and Ciudadanos' Albert Rivera to analyze the escalation of violence after the Supreme Court announced the 'proces' ruling of prison terms against the Catalan political leaders accused of the organization of the Catalan illegal referendum held in 2017. The Spanish Supreme Court on 14 October 2019 issued a fresh European arrest warrant for the deposed former president following its sentencing of former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras to 13 years in jail for sedition and misuse of public funds. Several other political leaders were also handed multi-year prison sentences for their roles in holding a failed independence vote. Several protest marches called 'Marches for Freedom' are running from the five Catalan cities of Girona, Vic, Berga, Tarrega and Tarragona to arrive to Barcelona next 18 October. EPA-EFE/ANDREU DALMAU

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Protesters in Barcelona have set fire to several cars during violent clashes with police.

At least four streets were blocked by burning containers as people set bins and vehicles alight near the interior department of the regional government in the city.

Police claimed that projectiles had been fired at helicopters.

Police also reported clashes in Girona, a town near the French border.

Pro-independence supporters in a protest march to Barcelona
 A car is consumed by flames during riots against the Spanish Supreme Court’s ruling of multiple jail terms for pro-independence leaders, in Barcelona, northeastern Spain. Several protest marches called ‘Marches for Freedom’ are running from the five Catalan cities of Girona, Vic, Berga, Tarrega and Tarragona to arrive to Barcelona next 18 October. EPA-EFE/ANDREU DALMAU

Officers fired foam bullets and charged towards protesters as tens of thousands took part in demonstrations on Wednesday evening.

Demonstrators are protesting against jail sentences for nine leaders of a 2017 bid to declare the surrounding Catalonia region independent from Spain.

Sanchez meets leaders of political parties
 Spanish acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, speaks at the Palace of La Moncloa in Madrid, Spain. Sanchez has separately convened the three main political parties’ leaders Iglesias, PP’s Pablo Casado and Ciudadano’s Albert Rivera to analyze the escalation of violence. EPA-EFE/SEBASTIAN MARISCAL

Spain’s prime minister warned that his government will not be provoked into overreacting.

In a televised address, Pedro Sánchez called on the pro-independence Catalan president, Quim Torra, to unequivocally condemn the use of violence.

Pro-independence supporters in a protest march to Barcelona
Thousands of people take part during a protest against the Spanish Supreme Court’s sentence of jail terms for pro-independence leaders, in Lleida, Catalonia, Spain. EPA-EFE/OSCAR CABRERIZO

Referring to the regional government’s unsuccessful attempts to secure independence, Sánchez added: “No leader can camouflage their failure behind curtains of smoke and fire.”

Via Reuters/The Guardian

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