MORE than 60 people were injured and 13 others detained as Catalan pro-independence supporters clashed with police in protests against a Spanish government cabinet meeting in Barcelona.
The weekly meeting normally takes place in Madrid but Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist government decided to hold it in the Catalan capital as part of efforts to reach out.
However, the timing of the meeting – a year to the day after Madrid held snap elections in Catalonia after blocking the region’s bid for independence – offended some Catalans.
In fact the whole idea appears to have been misjudged and counter-productive, with some 40,000 people marching along the Paseo de Gracia main road in protest.
Some demonstrators threw metal barriers and stones at police officers and tried to breach a barrier close to where the meeting was happening.
A total of 62 people were injured, including 35 police officers, while 13 people were arrested.