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  • Turmoil in Barcelona as protesters set barricades on fire

    Night of unrest as protesters clash with police - live updates

    ACN | Barcelona
    16 October 2019 12:42 AM

    Pro-independence demonstrations in Barcelona and major Catalan towns descend into turmoil as barricades set on fire

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Criminology professor Marc Balcells speaking to Catalan News on October 15, 2019 (by Elisenda Rosanas)

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View of the Belgian prosecutors building in Brussels (by Blanca Blay)

Brussels prosecutor asks Spain to translate Puigdemont arrest warrant

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CATALAN TRIAL


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POLITICS


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Unionist party wants investigation into airport protest

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Catalan president Quim Torra (center) and foreign minister Alfred Bosch (by Alan Ruiz Terol)

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Torra links turmoil at Barcelona airport with prison sentences for pro-independence leaders
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SOCIETY


Protesters with a sign reading “Spain is a fascist state” in Barcelona (by Lluís Sibils)

Protests continue across country into the evening

Main pro-independence groups call candle-lit demos outside Spanish government delegations in...
Thousands of pro-independence protesters gather at the airport of Barcelona (by Miquel Codolar)

Turmoil at Barcelona airport as Catalans protest leaders’ prison sentences

Flights canceled and roads cut as thousands of pro-independence activists try to block major...

BUSINESS


Freight containers at the Barcelona port (by Lluis Sibils)

As Brexit approaches, Catalan exports to UK reached €3.9bn

Sales from Catalonia to Britain 9% higher so far in 2019 compared with same period last year
Man takes a taxi after attending the Mobile World Congress (by Mar Vila)

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Report by Europe's largest e-hailing company suggests more flexibility would also have positive...
Catalan cheese on display at a food fair (by Laura Alcalde)

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CULTURE


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LIFE & STYLE


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SPORTS


Leo Messi puts his hand to his head during a Champions League match against Inter Milan (by Albert Gea/Reuters)

Leo Messi reveals he considered leaving Barcelona after tax problems

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Víctor Valdés poses with a FC Barcelona crest during his time as manager of the youth team (by FC Barcelona)

Why Víctor Valdés was fired as Barça youth coach after just three months

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