Police hurt as hundreds riot on Barcelona streets

18th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 August 2005, BARCELONA — Eight riot police were injured in violent disturbances in one of Barcelona's most fashionable districts.

18 August 2005

BARCELONA — Eight riot police were injured in violent disturbances in one of Barcelona's most fashionable districts.

Two hundred 'okupas', or anti-establishment demonstrators, hurled bottles, missiles and bins at police until 6am on Thursday.

The riots happened on the streets of Gracia, one of the city's most fashionable areas.

Many of the 'okupas' were said to be foreign members of anti-establishment groups, who led the disturbances.

Windows of banks and other buildings were smashed along with telephone boxes and protestors picked bottles from recycling bins to throw at police.

A police spokesman said the 'okupas' were "highly violent" and "trying to provoke" police.

It was the second night of rioting during Barcelona's Fiesta Mayor, one of the biggest Catalan festivals.

The okupas said they were protesting at the banning of their own alternative festa mayor.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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