According to the Catalan autonomous police force, Mossos de Escuadra, a total of 54 people have been detained during Friday and overnight to Saturday, while 18 law enforcement officers have sustained injuries.
The regional medical service said that in Barcelona alone 152 people had received medical assistance, of them 50 had been transferred to a hospital.
Within a week we see violent protests in Chile, Levanon and Catalonia, cruel fight between Police and street gangs in Mexico.— Gennady Simanovsky (@GennadySimanovs) 19 октября 2019 г.
All that for the reasons that should go unnoticed in another time.
Pretty sure this is some external reasons that impact people. Sun storm, lunar phase? pic.twitter.com/wqWVKECIah
The general strike in Catalonia began on Friday and promptly grew into public unrest, with the epicentre in the Catalan capital city Barcelona. Protesters were blocking roads, ripping off the street signs, breaking the windows of nearby stores and eventually clashed with law enforcement near the National Police building.
- Protests in Barcelona© Sputnik .
- Protesters make barricades during clashes with police in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.© AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti
- Police take position by burning barricades on the fifth day of protests over the conviction of a dozen Catalan independence leaders in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.© AP Photo / Manu Fernandez
- Protests in Catalonia© Sputnik / Georgy Boishareu
They threw bricks, bottles, crackers and other objects onto the police and burned carton boxes. Police had to fire rubber bullets and tear gas to constrain them. When protesters set several barricades on fire, police had to use water cannons.
Catalonia has been marred in public unrest since Monday. Mass demonstrations have been bought about by the ruling of the Spanish Supreme Court to sentence nine Catalan politicians, involved in organizing the 2017 independence referendum, to 9-13 years in prison on sedition charges and other three to fines over disobedience. Later that day, the court issued European and international arrest warrants for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.