Catalan protests enter 3rd day, Spain arrests 28

Protests hit Barcelona and other Catalan cities following eviction of squatters' center.

Catalan protests enter 3rd day, Spain arrests 28

World Bulletin / News Desk

Spanish police have detained 28 people in a third day of protests which have rocked Barcelona following the demolition of an old public building.

The Barcelona municipality has called for negotiations with the protesters after a halt of the ongoing violence.

Activists had been occupying the Can Vies social center for the last 17 years, using it as a community hub which housed squatters from leftist groups.

Although peaceful protests occurred in various locations of the city, some masked groups held angry demonstrations into the early hours of Thursday morning, setting trash bins on fire and clashing with police.

Spanish officials said the fierce clashes caused a more than 100,000 euros’ worth of damage. Clashes are also reported to have spread to other cities in the Catalonia region, such as Tarragona and Girona.

The clashes began on May 27 following a court order that attempted to clear the building of its occupiers. Barcelona officials plan to develop the surrounding area after destroying the building.  

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