October 17, 2019 / 8:28 AM / a month ago

Spain to reinforce police presence in Catalonia: minister

A worker removes a burned car after clashes of separatist demonstrators after a verdict in a trial over a banned independence referendum in Barcelona, Spain, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will send more police to Catalonia after three evenings of unrest, Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska told Telecinco TV on Thursday, adding that this was both to guarantee security and to allow police already there to rest.

Protesters set cars on fire and threw petrol bombs at police in Barcelona on Wednesday, intensifying unrest sparked by the sentencing of Catalan separatist leaders who had sought to declare an independent state.

Reporting by Ashifa Kassam and Emma Pinedo; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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