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Clashes in Catalonia after Puigdemont arrested in Germany

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A Catalan police van drives through barricades placed by protestors during skirmishes after former regional president Carles Puigdemont was detained in Germany, in Barcelona, Spain March 25, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

BARCELONA, March 26 — Thousands of Catalan separatists faced off with police in Catalonia yesterday following the arrest in Germany of the region’s former president Carles Puigdemont five months after he fled Spain.

Catalan police decked out in riot gear shoved and hit demonstrators with batons to keep the crowd from advancing on the office of the Spanish government’s representative in Barcelona, the capital of the wealthy northeastern region.

Officers fired warning shots in the air to try to contain the demonstrators, who pushed large recycling containers towards police.

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The Malay Mail Online

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