Catalan separatists burn effigies as protests continue ahead of vote

3 November 2019
2019-11-03 12:47

About 200 protesters marched through the streets of Barcelona on Saturday to call for independence and denounce action by both the Spanish and Catalan governments. The peaceful demonstrators marched to Sant Jaume Square. In that place, the Catalan government headquarters are located and demonstrators set fire to an effigy of Catalan Interior Affairs chief.

The demonstrators denounced police action against earlier protests. Spanish authorities are preparing for protests by supporters of Catalan independence on the eve of Spain's Nov. 10 general election that could turn violent, government said. The run-up to the vote for a new parliament has seen a series of big demonstrations in the northeastern region of Catalonia. They followed the jailing last month of nine separatist leaders over their roles in a failed independence bid in 2017.

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