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National Day violence in Barcelona

Spain’s National Day yesterday, saw 65,000 protestors gather in Barcelona. The Plaza Catalunya played victim to violence when chairs and objects began being thrown in the afternoon.

 

The violence was believed to be instigated by around 20 members of an ultra-right wing group. The Mossos d’Esquadra police force have opened an investigation.

 

Despite this many of the demonstrators remained peaceful, carrying Spanish and Catalan flags. They were seen wearing purple t-shirts with “respect” written on the front and “We are Spanish, we work, we suffer and we fight” written on the back.

 

It is not yet clear whether there were any other outbreaks of violence.

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