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Spain: Catalan nationalist march ends in violence outside parliament

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Supporters of Catalan nationalism marched in central Barcelona on the National Day of Catalonia this Wednesday.

Most of the protests were peaceful, although a group of around a thousand demonstrators tried to storm the regional parliament building as night fell.

The spontaneous demonstration saw a tense stand off between Mossos d’Esquadra, the regional police force, and protesters covering their faces. A barricade of security perimeter fences was built and symbols of Spanish nationalism burnt.

Security forces were charged with securing the building and preventing an occupation, as happened last year.

Catalonia’s national day, the Diada, marks the fall of Barcelona in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the region’s subsequent loss of institutions and freedoms.

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