Five #MarchesForFreedom, coming from every corner of Catalonia, have arrived today in Barcelona to protest against the unjust imprisonment of the Catalan leaders. Later in the day, a mass demonstration has taken place in the city center. Free them all #DemocracyInJail
Acting Spanish Prime Minster Pedro Sanchez warned those inciting riots and violence would face the swift justice of security forces: "There is no space for impunity in relation to the serious acts of violence we have witnessed over recent days in different cities in Catalonia," he said.
Indeed it appears the state's response is set to escalate, give at the end of the week of unrest Spain's civil guard is to be deployed in Barcelona, Madrid authorities have announced. The civil guard is essentially a militarized police force which has authority to deploy across the whole country.
Protesters clashed with riot police in central Barcelona, via Sky News.
Meanwhile, demonstrators were said to have blocked at least 20 major roads in and around Barcelona, also causing a much anticipated soccer match between Spanish rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid to be postponed.
5th day of protests against an oppressive Spain that charges against its own civilians in Catalonia.
Someone PLEASE tell me why the police needs to do this against peaceful protesters.
Europe, open your eyes!!!#SpainISaFascistStatecards-multimedia customisable-border" data-scribe="component:card" dir="ltr">
Throughout Friday about 100 people were reported injured as the protests spread throughout the northeast region, a number expected to grow.
Map via BBC
Home to about 7.5 million people, the wealthy and linguistically distinct Catalonia region has its own parliament and flag; however, Catalan nationalists have long complained Madrid over-taxes the region for the sake of Spain's poorer regions and cities.