FOUR hours before kick-off in the first clásico of the season, nearly 5,000 protestors surrounded the Camp Nou stadium gathering at the four corners of the building and blocking traffic.
Masked protesters set bins on fire and threw rocks and glass bottles at police who responded with foam bullets in a street near Camp Nou stadium as Barcelona and Real Madrid faced off last night (Wednesday).
As Euro Weekly News understands, forty-six people received mild injuries during the clashes, including eight who needed to be taken to hospital for extra care as reported by local emergency services.
A police spokesman has stated that five people were arrested.
Barricades were set up in the middle of the street by the protesters, many of which carried Catalan separatist flags, and on the arrival of the police in police vans, the demonstrators proceeded to set the barricades on fire.
Demonstrators then took down street signs that they added to the barricade.
The situation was under control by the time the match ended, however the police closed the south exits of the stadium asking spectators to leave the venue through the north exits for “security reasons”
Last night’s clash between protestors and police was the first violent incident in Catalonia since October when Spain’s top court jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders over their role in a failed 2017 bid for independence.
Democratic Tsunami was behind the protest group promoting the demonstration at the match which had originally been fixed to play in October, but was postponed due to the violent demonstrations taking place at the time.