25 arrests in 3rd night of violence in Barcelona

AP News
Posted: May 29, 2014 3:57 AM

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police have clashed with gangs of hooded youths who threw rocks and set fire to trash containers in the third night of violence in Spain's northeastern city of Barcelona. Twenty-five people have been arrested.

A police spokeswoman said Thursday the disturbances began after a peaceful protest the previous evening in the central Sants district of Barcelona when police prevented some protesters from approaching a town hall office. She spoke on condition of anonymity because of police rules preventing staff from being identified.

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The demonstration, which drew supporters from around and outside the city, was to protest Monday's closing of a social center that was occupied by squatters for 17 years.


Giles contributed from Madrid.