Spain to send more police to Catalonia amid protests


After three evenings of unrestSpain will deploy more police to Catalonia. 

Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska announced this to newsmen on Thursday, adding that the reason for this was both to ensure security and to allow the police already there to rest. 

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

The demonstrations began after nine pro-independence leaders were jailed for between nine and 13 years by Spain’s Supreme Court. 

The separatists were convicted of sedition over their role in an independence referendum in 2017. 

Another three were found guilty of disobedience and fined but not jailed. All 12 defendants denied the charges. 

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