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The Latest: Catalan leader urges for talks with Spain

Oct. 21, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Catalonia protests (all times local): 4:25 p.m. The leader of Catalonia says that the massive protests that have often spiraled into violent clashes with police this week won't cease until the Spanish government accepts to listen to separatists' demands. Catalan...

Barcelona mayor pleads for violence in Catalonia to stop

Oct. 19, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona pleaded Saturday for calm after violent protests by Catalan separatists rocked Spain's second largest city for a fifth consecutive night. "This cannot continue. Barcelona does not deserve it," Mayor Ada Colau told reporters, adding that Friday's...

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

Oct. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Chaotic scenes of violence erupted after more...

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11 p.m. Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of...

Riots darken Catalan separatist dream of peaceful secession

Oct. 17, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For years, Catalonia's separatist movement painstakingly built an amiable image of its quest to secede from Spain: Smiling parents and grandparents with children in tow marched under the Mediterranean sun, waving the flags of their cause and cheerily chanting "independence!" But...

The Latest: Catalan separatists battle police in Barcelona

Oct. 17, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Catalan separatists are clashing with police and burning trash bins in central Barcelona for a fourth consecutive night, angry at the long jail sentences given to several of the movement's leaders. The pattern of this week...

Police, protesters clash in Catalonia for 3rd night

Oct. 16, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rioting raged in Barcelona and several other Catalan towns for a third straight night Wednesday, with police fighting running street battles with protesters angered by lengthy prison sentences for nine leaders of the wealthy region's drive for independence from Spain. Tens of...

The Latest: Spanish PM says he will stand firm amid violence

Oct. 16, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on unrest in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sánchez says authorities won't be provoked into taking drastic measures following clashes between protesters and police in Catalonia. Sánchez said in a...

The Latest: Imprisoned Catalan activist aims for amnesty law

Oct. 15, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Catalan protests and politics (all times local): 10:20 p.m. The former head of a pro-independence group in Spain's Catalonia region says he will fight to get the European Court of Human Rights to overturn his sedition conviction and to secure amnesty from Spain. Jordi...

Protests erupt as Spain convicts leading Catalan separatists

Oct. 14, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Riot police engaged in a running battle with angry protesters outside Barcelona's airport Monday after Spain's Supreme Court convicted 12 separatist leaders of illegally promoting the wealthy Catalonia region's independence and sentenced nine of them to prison. Officers fired foam...