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Protests leave nearly 100 injured and 9 arrested across Catalonia

Thousands take to the streets to demand Puigdemont's release after his detention in Germany, with some clashing with police


26 March 2018 08:30 AM


ACN | Barcelona

Thousands took to the streets across Catalonia to demand that the German authorities release Carles Puigdemont, who was arrested on Sunday near the Danish border. Most of the rallies were peaceful.

Still, tensions between some protesters and police were high in some demonstrations. The gathering in front of the Spanish government delegation in Catalonia was particularly tense. 

In total, clashes with police left 98 people injured, including 23 police officers. In addition, 9 people were arrested.

The rally started at 5pm, and went from the European Commission office in the Catalan capital to the German consulate. Demonstrators called for a general strike and demanded the release of "political prisoners".

Protesters shouted chants such as "Puigdemont is our president," “not a single step backwards” and "this Europe is a disgrace" in a tense protest. In addition, they chanted the Catalan anthem, 'Els segadors', to express their opposition to the imprisonment of Catalan leaders.

8 injured in Lleida

Protests also left 8 injured in the Catalan town of Lleida. As happened in Barcelona, people gathered in front of the Spanish government delegation in the town. Police officers prevented people from going to the building, leaving 6 injured. In the southern town of Tarragona, at least one person was wounded. 

Protests across Catalonia to demand Puigdemont's release

There were protests to demand Carles Puigdemont's release across Catalonia. Thousands took to the streets on Sunday, after the Catalan leader was detained in Germany. According to police figures, 10,000 people gathered in the northern town of Girona to demand Puigdemont's release. There were also demonstrations in other towns, such as Tarragona or Vilanova i la Geltrú.


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  • Protests in front of the Spanish government headquarters in Lleida, Catalonia (by Salvador Miravet)