At least six people have been arrested and 14 others have been injured in Barcelona after Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, used force against pro-independence protesters on Saturday. Officers hit protesters with batons at least at three different locations, including central Via Laitena, Plaça Catalunya and Ronda Sant Pere.

The Catalan police was trying to keep pro-independence groups away from a small Spanish police demonstration that was honoring agents that took part in last year’s crackdown of the independence referendum.

Far-right groups

“The same people that on October 1 defended the polling stations and today were protesting against fascism, have been victims of the same violence, this time exercised by the Mossos” said CUP leader in Parliament, Carles Riera.

Riera criticized the Catalan government for having allowed a “fascist demonstration” in the streets of Barcelona, in reference to the Spanish police union march. The demonstration was called by Justapol, a Spanish police union, but far-right groups such as VOX also took part.

Per a VilaWeb el vostre suport ho és tot

Si podeu llegir VilaWeb és perquè milers de persones en són subscriptors i fan possible que la feina de la redacció arribe a les vostres pantalles.

Vosaltres podeu unir-vos-hi també i fer, amb el vostre compromís, que aquest diari siga més lliure i independent. Perquè és molt difícil de sostenir un esforç editorial del nivell de VilaWeb, únicament amb la publicitat.

Som un mitjà que demostra que el periodisme és un combat diari per millorar la societat i que està disposat sempre a prendre qualsevol risc per a complir aquest objectiu. Amb rigor, amb qualitat i amb passió. Sense reserves.

Per a vosaltres fer-vos subscriptor és un esforç petit, però creieu-nos quan us diem que per a nosaltres el vostre suport ho és tot.

Vicent Partal
Director de VilaWeb