20:41 GMT20 October 2020
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    MADRID (Sputnik) - At least 15 people were detained at demonstrations in Spain’s Catalonia region marking the third anniversary of the unrecognized independence referendum, media reported Friday.

    According to Catalonia’s TV3, a march in Barcelona on Thursday turned into riots with burning of politicians’ images, setting up barricades and tussles with police.

    Detentions were also made in the wantaway region’s second-largest city of Girona, while similar marches in other cities took place without incident.

    ​On 1 October 2017, Catalonia held a referendum in which over 90 percent of voters supported the region’s independence from Spain. Madrid declared the referendum illegal and arrested a number of pro-independence politicians. The Supreme Court of Spain has sentenced nine pro-independence Catalan leaders to between 9 and 13 years in prison on sedition charges, while three other officials were ordered to pay fines over disobedience.

    Barcelona, Catalonia, Riots, Spain
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