Catalan Independence Supporters, Opponents Clashing in Barcelona – Reports

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Pro-independence supporters near the building of the parliament of Catalonia. - Sputnik International
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MADRID (Sputnik) – At least five people were injured and another four detained following the unrest that erupted during Saturday rallies of Catalan independence supporters and their opponents in Barcelona, Europa Press reported.

Earlier in the day, a rally of the Vox party under the banner "Catalonia for Spain" began in Barcelona, according to the Europa Press news agency.

A number of left-wing organizations, supporting the independence of Catalonia, including the Popular Unity Candidacy and others, opposed the demonstration. They tried to approach the place, where Vox’s rally was being held, but the police blocked their way. The left activists then started throwing rocks at police officers, which resulted in clashes.

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