October 16, 2019 / 10:38 PM / a month ago

Catalan regional leader says violent protest must stop

MADRID (Reuters) - The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region condemned increasing unrest in the city of Barcelona on Thursday, as protests intensified three days after nine leaders of a 2017 independence bid were sentenced to up to 13 years in jail.

“We condemn violence,” Quim Torra said in a televised address after midnight, according to a translation of the Catalan language provided by Spain’s state broadcaster.

“We cannot let these incidents happen in our country. This has to stop right now.”

(This story fixes Torra’s title to Catalan region chief)

Reporting by Andres Gonzalez, writing by Isla Binnie

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