Thousands of protesters clashed with the riot police by throwing projectiles at them.
The protesters also set up burning barricades and set several cars on fire, as local journalists noted. Fourteen people had to receive care, according to an initial assessment of the emergency services established in the evening.
Barcelona – Day 3
For the first time, cars burn after the demonstration against the regional ministry of the interior against police charges of the last two days pic.twitter.com/npGMUliVNS
– Elise Gazengel (@EliseGaz) October 16, 2019
– Julia Regue (@julia_regue) October 16, 2019
This explosion of violence follows the condemnation of several separatist leaders to jail for their role in the attempt to secede Catalonia in 2017. On Tuesday, several Catalan cities became the scene of urban guerrilla scenes. A total of 125 people were injured and 51 were arrested.
Wednesday, from Madrid, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has publicly addressed the president of the region, the separatist Quim Torra, and members of his government. He asked them to "condemn clearly and without excuse the use of violence ".