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Catalan leader hopes November 10 election to boost independence drive

Oct 22 2019

BARCELONA Catalonia's secessionist movement aims to get over 50% of the region's vote in a Nov. 10 Spanish election after mass protests over the jailing of nine separatists, which would strengthen its push for independence, the regional government head told Reuters on Tuesday.

Catalan leader urges Spain to start talks on independence referendum

Oct 22 2019

BARCELONA Catalonia's regional government leader called on Madrid on Tuesday to open talks on self-determination for the restive Spanish region after days of at-times violent protests over jail sentences for nine separatist leaders.

Spanish PM visits Barcelona, criticizes regional chief

Oct 21 2019

BARCELONA Spain's acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez made a quick visit to Catalonia on Monday after a week of separatist unrest but spurned the pro-independence regional chief, accusing him of failing in his duty to restore order.

Spain closes Catalan protest group website and probes riots

Oct 18 2019

MADRID/BARCELONA A Spanish judge ordered the closure of a secretive Catalan protest group's website on Friday as authorities scrambled to find who is behind street demonstrations that have turned unusually violent.

Street fires erupt in Barcelona in fourth day of Catalan protest

Oct 17 2019

BARCELONA Thousands gathered in Barcelona in a fourth day of protests that have led to the worst sustained street violence in Spain in decades after Catalan leaders were sentenced to lengthy jail terms for their roles in a 2017 bid for independence. | Video

Protest against separatists' sentencing sets Barcelona streets ablaze

Oct 17 2019

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

Clashes erupt in Barcelona as Catalan separatists protest sentences for leaders

Oct 16 2019

BARCELONA Protesters and police clashed late on Tuesday in Barcelona during rallies against the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders, with the unusually tense confrontations turning into a major challenge for Spanish and regional authorities. | Video

UPDATE 3-Madrid takes firm line as pro-independence groups march in Catalonia

Oct 16 2019

* Belgium receives extradition request for ex-Catalan leader (Adds quotes, La Liga, meeting in Madrid)

Catalans keep up pressure for split from Spain with second day of protests

Oct 15 2019

BARCELONA, Oct 15 Demonstrators blocked a train station and several motorways in Spain's Catalonia region on Tuesday, a second day of protests over Monday's jailing of nine separatists by the supreme court over their role in a failed secession bid.

Jailed Catalan separatist leader says new referendum inevitable

Oct 15 2019

BARCELONA The jailing of Catalan separatists for their role in a failed secession bid will only galvanise the region's independence movement and another referendum is inevitable, the leader hit by the heaviest jail sentence told Reuters.

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