Protesters, Police Clash During Rallies Marking Catalan Referendum

© AP Photo / Felipe DanaPro-independence demonstrators stand on the middle of a street facing Catalan police officers during a protest In Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.
Pro-independence demonstrators stand on the middle of a street facing Catalan police officers during a protest In Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. - Sputnik International
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MADRID (Sputnik) - The participants of demonstrations commemorating the holding of Catalonia's independence referendum on October 1, 2017 clashed on Monday evening with police officers in the region's cities of Barcelona and Girona.

In Barcelona, where the mass actions brought together 180,000 people, following the end of the rally's formal part, protesters threw bottles, cans and eggs at policemen.

Pro-independence demonstrators gather to mark one year of the Spanish police raid and protest which lead to the imprisonment of the leaders of Catalonia's main pro-independence movements in Barcelona, Spain, September 20, 2018. - Sputnik International
At Least 24 Injured in Barcelona Rallies, Clashes With Police
The rioters then reached the parliament building and made the police officers retreat into it. At about 10:00 p.m. local time (20:00 GMT) law enforcement officers began clearing the square in front of the parliament building.

The rally in Girona has not been without tensions either, with participants attempting to pull down a fence surrounding the building of the Catalan government's representation in the city and break through the police cordon. According to local media, about 3,000 people participated in the rally in Girona.

Besides, clashes among demonstrations' participants have also been registered.

READ MORE: Situation in Catalonia on Independence Referendum Anniversary

On October 1, 2017, the northeastern Spanish region held an independence referendum, which resulted in 90 percent of voters supporting Catalonia's secession from Spain. On October 27, 2017, the Catalan government proclaimed the region's independence, but the central Spanish government responded by imposing direct governance over Catalonia just one day later, refusing to accept the vote.

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