Nine people have been reportedly apprehended by police and about 46 injured as Catalonia independence protesters threw rocks at police on the day of popular Laliga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid know as ‘El Clasico Earlier postponed before been played yesternigh as a result of security fear.
As Barcelona played Real Madrid on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou stadium, masked protesters carrying Catalan seperatist flags in support of Catalonia independence from Spain, set bins on fire and threw glass bottles and rocks at police, who responded with foam bullets in a street outside the stadium.
The protesters, set up barricades in the middle of the street, which they then set on fire after police arrived in dozens of vans.
This is the first violent protest in Catalonia region since October when Spain’s top court jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders over their role in a failed 2017 bid for independence.
It should be noted that this classico match which ended 0-0 was supposed to be played in December but was postponed due to serious security concerns and on Wednesday night thousands of Catalonia protesters could be seen chanting “Independence” and “Free political prisoners”
The main goal of the protests is to get Spain’s government to negotiate on Catalonia’s right to self-determination and independence from Spain and to achieve freedom for the seperatists who were jailed.