The Spanish police accuse protesters of throwing acid at them during a new night of destructive violence in Barcelona, with turmoil entering a fourth day.
Members of the public were warned to stay away from a major avenue in the center of the city on Wednesday evening after a new outbreak of problems was triggered by the imprisonment of nine pro-independence leaders on Monday.
Protesters clashed with riot police officers, threw rockets including rocks and flares and set fire to stacks of cardboard boxes and bins.
The epicenter of the violence was the popular Paseo de San Juan near the Arc de Triomphe monument of Barcelona.
A spokesman for the regional Mossos d & # 39; Esquadra forces, one of the two police forces fighting the violence that erupted this week in different Catalan cities, said around 9.15 local time: & # 39; The violent incidents continue in the area of the Paseo de San Juan where it meets Diputacion Street.
& # 39; Stones and objects are thrown with acid. Please stay away from the area. & # 39;
The army later said that a & # 39; small group of violent people & # 39; threw stones and torches at the police.
The Spanish government said on Wednesday that it would do anything to eradicate violence in Catalonia, where clashes between regional independence supporters and police injured more than 200 people in two days.
A car is consumed last night by flames during riots against the Spanish Supreme Court ruling on multiple prison sentences for leaders of pro-independence, in Barcelona
Audiences were warned to stay away from a major avenue in the city center on Wednesday evening following a new outbreak of problems caused by Monday's prisons
Protesters clashed with riot police officers, threw rockets including rocks and flares and repeated the tactics of last Tuesday to set fire to stacks of cardboard boxes and bins
A spokesperson for the regional Mossos d & # 39; Esquadra forces, one of the two police forces fighting the violence, even claimed acid was thrown at officers by officers
Catalan anti-riot police fight against demonstrators. The clashes broke out late today in Barcelona after thousands of rallies had called for a huge protest in the city center, when Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez directly called on the Catalan president to condemn the violence
A demonstrator argues with police officers on October 16 in Barcelona, Spain while the violent clashes in the region continued
Anti-riot police are guarding a barricade in flames during a demonstration by the local defense committees
A car is consumed by flames during riots against the Spanish Supreme Court ruling on multiple prison sentences for pro-independence leaders, in Barcelona
Protesters throw against a police object on Wednesday evening during a demonstration by the local defense committees
Protesters celebrate after police withdrew tonight during a demonstration organized by the Local Republic Defense Committees (CDR)
Police representatives said some protesters in Tarragona, a 90-minute drive south of Barcelona, had knives with which they wanted to cut the tires of patrol cars.
Elsewhere in Barcelona, protesters threw toilet rolls at officers to show & # 39; there was a lot of *** to clean & # 39 ;.
The third night of violence flared up around 9 p.m. local time after supporters of independence marched on to the headquarters of the Catalan regional government.
Hooded protesters were blamed on Tuesday for more than 200 fires, said to have cost more than £ 300,000 to clean up. There are also several cars reported that have been stripped.
Caretaker PM Pedro Sanchez is confronted with demands from political rivals to impose direct government over Catalonia next month's general elections.
On Tuesday evening, around 30 people were arrested during collisions in various Catalan cities, including Barcelona, Lleida and Tarragona.
The violence followed the recognition of the regional Catalan government that it & # 39; in Monday's blockade at El Prat airport in Barcelona, which led to more than 100 flights being canceled on the day of the protests and another 45 on Tuesday.
Vacationers and crews had to leave cars & taxis and walk to the airport to try to catch their planes on time.
Catalan anti-riot police are standing close to a burning barricade during a demonstration tonight, with residents being warned to stay away from Barcelona city center
A person extinguishes a burning car during the last bad-humored night of protests in the Catalonia region after Monday's ruling
Several protest marches called & # 39; Marches for Freedom & # 39; walk from the five Catalan cities of Girona, Vic, Berga, Tarrega and Tarragona
Catalan anti-riot police pull a molten ship used as a barricade by protesters during a demonstration in Barcelona on Wednesday evening
Catalan pro-independence protesters throw paper toilet rolls into the air during a protest in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday
The clashes broke out late today in Barcelona after thousands gathered Wednesday night for a huge protest in the city center
Spanish national police members during a protest against the ruling of the Spanish Supreme Court on multiple prison sentences for leaders of pro-independence, in Barcelona
Catalan anti-riot police walk past a burning barricade during a demonstration on October 16 in Barcelona by the local Defense Committees (CDR)
Catalan anti-riot police officers set off to protesters last night during a violent demonstration in Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was one of those travelers who left the airport after the taxi stand outside terminal one was taken over by protesters who collided with riot police on Monday evening.
Catalan regional government spokesman Meritxell Budo said it understood & # 39; the anger & # 39; those people felt about the imprisonment of political and social leaders behind a failed referendum on 2017 independence, adding: & We show our empathy with peaceful and decisive actions such as the collapse of El Prat. & # 39;
Some of the current group of pro-independence leaders who are now in charge of Catalonia have since attempted to distance themselves from the violent gangs who have tried to take the lead in the last 48 hours.
Nine of the 12 political and civilian leaders tried earlier this year about a failed referendum on the independence of 2017 on Monday sentenced to jail by the Spanish Supreme Court, which caused the unrest in which the troubled region has now become entangled.
Former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras was sentenced to 13 years in prison for incitement and misuse of public funds.
Three other former Catalan government ministers, Raul Romeva, Jordi Turull and Dolors Bassa, were imprisoned for 12 years after being found guilty of the same charges.
Violent clashes broke out late Wednesday night in Barcelona, after thousands had gathered for a huge protest in the city center
Protesters knock over a container during a demonstration organized by Barcelona's local defense committees (CDR) on October 16
Spanish national police members guard a street during a protest against the ruling of the Spanish Supreme Court on multiple prison sentences for leaders of pro-independence, in Barcelona
Masked protesters make barricades during a demonstration on October 16 in Barcelona by the local Defense Committees (CDR)
The Barcelona football club criticized the sentences after they were made public and said in a statement: & # 39; The resolution of the Catalonia conflict should come exclusively from the political dialogue.
& # 39; Therefore, the club is now asking more than ever for all political leaders to lead a process of dialogue and negotiation to resolve this conflict, which should also allow the release of convicted citizens and political leaders.
& # 39; FC Barcelona also expresses its support and solidarity to the families of those deprived of their freedom. & # 39;
Oriol Junqueras said in an audio message from prison: & # 39; This is not justice but revenge. & # 39;
The Spanish caretaker, PM Pedro Sanchez, welcomed the verdict and said: & It ends an exemplary legal process and confirms the failure of a political process. It only left pain in its wake. & # 39;
Man City boss Pep Guardiola also attacked prison sentences as a human rights attack.
Police officers run while a police van drives over a burning barricade during clashes between protesters and police in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday
The Spanish government said on Wednesday that it would do anything to eradicate violence in Catalonia, where clashes between regional independence supporters and police injured more than 200 people in two days
Barcelona firefighters extinguish fires during another night of moody, violent protests in the city on Wednesday, October 16
A car ignites next to a burning barricade during clashes between protesters and police in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday
Protesters make barricades on the street during violent clashes with the police in Barcelona, Spain, late on Wednesday evening
He was beaten by tough-speaking MP Ines Arrimadas who criticized him for blaspheming & # 39; Spain, but was silent on Qatar where the right to retain power is passed on within the ruling Al Thani family and alcohol consumption is punished by scourging.
Guardiola spent two seasons playing in Qatar at the end of his career as a midfielder.
Arrimadas, a leading light in Ciudadanos anti-independence party, raged: & I admired Guardiola as a player and manager, but I have to be lies like & # 39; condemn politician.
& # 39; Very brave to defame Spain, but not a word about Qatar where he earned a fortune. In our democracy every ideology has a place but does not break the law. It is not a dissidence, it is sedition. & # 39;
Foreign tourists went to social media to express their concerns about what is happening in Barcelona.
One said: & # 39; Serious question. On holiday in Spain with family and we are seriously considering canceling our weekend in Barcelona. & # 39;
Another added: & # 39; I thought about my vacation and spent a few days in Barcelona. I'm not going now. I'm scared and scared. & # 39;
Caitlin Fitzpatrick wrote on social media after the violence of last night / Tuesday night: & # 39; Happy birthday to me. Barcelona is locked outside our hotel with thousands of people rioting and we are not allowed to leave. & # 39;
A demonstrator is thrown against the police by protesters during violent clashes in Barcelona last night, marking a third night of chaos
Catalan anti-riot police keep watch while barricades burn during a demonstration organized by the local Defense Committees (CDR) in Barcelona on October 16
A police van removes a barricade last night during a demonstration in Barcelona, while violent clashes continue in the city
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez directly appealed to the Catalan president to condemn the violence, while the clashes between protesters and police continued
Spanish national police vans await a burning barricade during a protest against the ruling of the Spanish Supreme Court on multiple prison sentences for leaders of pro-independence, in Barcelona
Catalan pro-independence protesters throw rolls of toilet paper in the air on Wednesday during a protest in Barcelona, Spain
She added a second tweet to & # 39; at night: & # 39; Why does nobody know what we encounter in Barcelona?
& # 39; The entire city is closed and even our insurance company or holiday provider did not know. & # 39;
Matt Currien, from Wolverhampton, got stuck in a blockade of the highway when he tried to get to his hotel, stuck images of him in a traffic jam and said: “They are blocking an important highway and people don't seem to disagree with them. The police don't seem to do much either.
& # 39; I assume it is an important highway. It is kind of weird. They do it for their reasons so fair play. I know for sure that my all-inclusive hotel will be waiting for me until tomorrow, because it looks like we're not moving anywhere yet. & # 39;
A Barcelona-born woman named Carlota, who was out of town when the violence flared up, said: “The videos and messages I get from all my friends at home in Barcelona are actually scary, the city is a war zone. My friends were almost attacked by the police who were just walking home from a restaurant, all streets are on fire. It has gone mad.
She later placed images of one of the bonfire protesters lit using garbage cans to block a main road, police sirens in the background and masked men by the flames and wavy black smoke and tweeted the message: & # 39; Barcelona is in brand. & # 39;
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