Pro-Catalan independence demonstrators and police clash in Barcelona during officer rally

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RIVAL RALLIES: Riot police were deployed in Barcelona yesterday (file photo), photo credit: Shutterstock

OFFICERS were deployed to the streets of Barcelona yesterday (Saturday) after supporters of Catalan independence protested against a National Police rally in the city.

Photographs showed police dressed in riot gear wielding truncheons as they attempted to push back against marchers from the Committee for the Defence of the Republic (CDR).

The CDR demonstrators were reportedly attempting to march on a rally organised by the JUSAPOL police trade union.

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Police officers were in Barcelona to call for higher wages. Many carried Spanish flags in an apparent display of support for Spanish unity.

Spanish police forces including the National Police have been the target of resentment from some pro-secession supporters following their crackdown on last year’s independence referendum.

The clashes come as Spain continues to deal with the fallout from that vote and from the failed declaration of independence that followed.

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