Shouting "occupation forces out" and "the streets will always be ours," tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Barcelona to protest police violence during a banned weekend independence referendum in Catalonia.
Spain's interior minister on Tuesday accused Catalonia's government of "inciting rebellion" after police sent to the region to block a weekend independence referendum were harassed by protesters.
Barcelona star Gerard Pique's tears of sadness and the vast empty stands as his team reluctantly played were two of the defining images of a violence-scarred independence referendum in Catalonia.
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Hotels across Catalonia have evicted police sent in the region to stop the independence referendum after angry protests in the street.
Schools have closed, roads have been blocked and public transport is disrupted across the northeastern region as a general strike is observed.
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