'No Forgetting, No Forgiveness' Rival Protests in Barcelona

Published September 30th, 2018 - 07:54 GMT

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Police clash with Catalan separatists in Barcelona days ahead of independence vote anniversary.

Thousands people went demonstrations to mark the first anniversary of Catalonia’s polarizing vote on secession. Number of people were arrested in Barcelona after pro-independence protesters clashed with riot police.

A group of pro-separatists held back by riot police pelted them with eggs and hurled powder paint, creating dark clouds of dust in streets that would usually be thronged with tourists. Regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' are covered in paint after clashing with separatists during a counter-protest against a demonstration in Barcelona. Continue reading below »

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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers clash with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers, covered in paint, stand guard after clashing with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers covered in paint stand guard after clashing with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
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A Catalan regional police 'Mosso D'Esquadra' officer hits a separatist protester during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers, covered in paint, secure the area after clashing with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
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Protesters throw paint and coloured powder to Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
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A person holds up a toy figurine depicting a civil guard during a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers clash with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
Pau Barrena / AFP

Image 1 of 9Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers clash with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. Pau Barrena / AFP

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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers, covered in paint, stand guard after clashing with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
Pau Barrena / AFP

Image 2 of 9Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers, covered in paint, stand guard after clashing with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. Pau Barrena / AFP

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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers covered in paint stand guard after clashing with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
Pau Barrena / AFP

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A Catalan regional police 'Mosso D'Esquadra' officer hits a separatist protester during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
Pau Barrena / AFP

Image 4 of 9A Catalan regional police 'Mosso D'Esquadra' officer hits a separatist protester during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. Pau Barrena / AFP

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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers clash with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
Pau Barrena / AFP

Image 5 of 9Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers clash with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. Pau Barrena / AFP

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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers clash with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
Pau Barrena / AFP

Image 6 of 9Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers clash with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. Pau Barrena / AFP

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Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers, covered in paint, secure the area after clashing with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
Pau Barrena / AFP

Image 7 of 9Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers, covered in paint, secure the area after clashing with separatist protesters during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. Pau Barrena / AFP

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Protesters throw paint and coloured powder to Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
Pau Barrena / AFP

Image 8 of 9Protesters throw paint and coloured powder to Catalan regional police 'Mossos D'Esquadra' officers during a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. Pau Barrena / AFP

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A person holds up a toy figurine depicting a civil guard during a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. 
Pau Barrena / AFP

Image 9 of 9A person holds up a toy figurine depicting a civil guard during a demonstration in support of Spanish police in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. Pau Barrena / AFP

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Tensions remain high in the independence-minded region a year after the October 1 referendum deemed illegal by Madrid but celebrated by separatist Catalans.

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