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No exceptional disruptions in rush hour of referendum anniversary

Small demonstration in Girona gathers 300 activists, with paint and eggs thrown at Spanish police barracks

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01 October 2019 09:54 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Morning rush hour in Catalonia passed by on Tuesday with relative normalcy despite being the day marking the 2017 referendum second anniversary

There were no major protests in the country, so disruptions in road and railway networks in the early morning of October 1, 2018, were not repeated on Tuesday. 

In Girona there was a small demonstration gathering 300 activists called by CDR pro-independence group starting at 6am. 

The campaigners stopped outside the Spanish Guardia Civil police barracks in the northern Catalan town and threw some paint, eggs, and a firecracker. 

Guardia Civil is the Spanish police force that led most of the crackdown on voters during the 2017 vote, leading to some 1,000 injured according to the Catalan health department. 

The Catalan police prevented them from getting closer to the barracks and urged them not to seek clashes – this prompted some of them to leave the site, while others moved the protest to the Spanish government office in the city. 

Some other firecrackers were thrown there and some rubbish bins were knocked over – however, no injuries or major damage was caused by the protest which was surrounded at all times by the Catalan police. One minor was identified as a result of the protests. 

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  • Catalan police in front of the Spanish government office in Girona as a pro-independence protest gathers on October 1, 2019 (by Marina López)

  • Catalan police in front of the Spanish government office in Girona as a pro-independence protest gathers on October 1, 2019 (by Marina López)

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