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Catalan protests: Separatists clash with police in Barcelona

  • Clashes at Barcelona protest year after independence vote More than 180,000 demonstrators marched in Barcelona.
    Tens of thousands of Catalan protesters piled pressure on the region's separatist government Monday during an anniversary marked by road Clashes at Barcelona protest year after independence vote More than 180,000 demonstrators marched in Barcelona.
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Protesters have clashed with police in Barcelona as thousands took to the streets there and in cities across Catalonia to mark the first anniversary of the contested referendum on independence from Spain.

Police wielding batons broke up a demonstration in front of the Catalan regional parliament.

Hundreds of activists occupied high-speed rail tracks for several hours.

Roads and a motorway were also blocked.

Catalonia held the vote on 1 October 2017 and its separatist government declared independence on 27 October.

But Spain's constitutional court deemed the referendum illegal and Madrid imposed direct rule.

At the time, there were ugly scenes on the streets as Spanish police tried to prevent people from going to the polls.