Burnt tires & clashes with police as pro-independence protests grip Catalonia (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Thursday, February 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

RT.com
21 Feb, 2019

Pro-independence activists in Catalonia are venting their anger at Madrid’s trial of the region’s provincial leaders. Baton-wielding police scuffled with some of the demonstrators as people also blocked roads and set tires ablaze.

The group behind the protest is called the Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDRs) and has been involved in demonstrations against Spain’s central government for months. The goal of Thursday’s action is to ‘paralyze everything,’ as the group put it.

The protesters managed to disrupt traffic on several major roads with barricades of burning tires. They also interfered with the work of local railroads and occupied an office building in Girona, a city some 100km (62 miles) northeast of Barcelona.

One of the clips captured a group of officiers restraining a proteter, clad in a yellow vest, lying on the ground. The protester is then dragged away as bystanders shout their disapproval.

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