Spain to reinforce police presence in Catalonia

epa07926657 A demonstrator waves an 'Estelada', the unofficial flag typically flown by Catalan independence supporters, during riots against the Spanish Supreme Court's ruling of multiple jail terms for pro-independence leaders, in Girona, Spain, late 16 October 2019 (issued 17 October 2019). Spain witnessed an escalation of violence after the Supreme Court announced the 'process' ruling of prison terms against the Catalan political leaders accused of organizing the Catalan illegal referendum held in 2017. The Spanish Supreme Court on 14 October 2019 issued a fresh European arrest warrant for deposed former President of the Government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, 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 prison sentences for their roles in holding a failed independence vote. Several rallies called 'Marches for Freedom' left the towns of Girona, Vic, Berga, Tarrega and Tarragona to arrive to Barcelona on 18 October 2019. EPA-EFE/DAVID BORRAT

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Spain will send more police to Catalonia after three evenings of unrest, Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska told Telecinco TV on Thursday, adding that this was both to guarantee security and to allow police already there to rest.

Protesters set cars on fire and threw petrol bombs at police in Barcelona on Wednesday, intensifying unrest sparked by the sentencing of Catalan separatist leaders who had sought to declare an independent state.

Spanish authorities said that 80 people, including 46 police officers were injured overnight during the most violent of three nights of rioting over the imprisonment of Catalan separatist leaders.

Via Reuters/ 

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