Published On: Wed, Oct 16th, 2019

Barcelona protest video: Moment angry hoodie-clad protestors set upon man in street | World | News


Police union Jupol posted footage of the assault as proof of the severity of the situation in Catalonia following two days of violence sparked by the Spanish Supreme Court’s decision to jail nine pro-independence leaders. The attack happened last night night in the centre of Barcelona where protestors fought pitched battles with riot police who responded with baton charges and foam bullets after having bottles and other missiles thrown at them.

Video footage taken by an onlooker showed the man on the receiving end of the beating being punched and kicked to the ground as he tried to put out flames leaping from rubbish containers and cardboard boxes protestors had set light to.

He appeared to turn his fire extinguisher on a man in a hoodie who went to stop him before he was overpowered by several other men.

One could be seen kicking him as he lay on the ground with his right foot.

The assailants fled as police raced to the scene.

It was not immediately clear today how badly injured the victim had been.

Regional Mossos d’Esquadra police said early this morning they had arrested 30 people following last night’s/Tuesday night’s violence – six in Barcelona and another 24 in other Catalan cities including 14 in Tarragona.

More than 40 Mossos officers were injured.

Tarragona, a 90-minute drive south of Barcelona, was the scene of a violent assault on Monday by a pro-independence protestor filmed elbowing a middle-aged woman to the ground after trying to snatch a Spanish flag she was dancing with out of her hand.

READ MORE: Is it safe to travel to Barcelona as riots erupt?

Three other former Catalan government ministers, Raul Romeva, Jordi Turull and Dolors Bassa, were jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of the same charges.

Caretaker Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez said today after meeting political rival Pablo Casado, leader of the right-wing Popular Party who he will go up against in general elections next month, that he was not ruling out any option to restore law and order to Catalonia.



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