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539325 arrested on 3rd night of violence in Barcelona after squatting center cleared

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  • Tony Gosling
    Jun 13, 2014
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      25 arrested after 3rd night of violence in Spain's Barcelona after squatting center cleared

      Published May 29, 2014
      Associated Press

      BARCELONA, Spain –  Police have clashed with gangs of hooded youths who threw rocks and set fire to trash containers in the third night of violence in Spain's northeastern city of Barcelona. Twenty-five people have been arrested.

      A police spokeswoman said Thursday the disturbances began after a peaceful protest the previous evening in the central Sants district of Barcelona when police prevented some protesters from approaching a town hall office. She spoke on condition of anonymity because of police rules preventing staff from being identified.

      The demonstration, which drew supporters from around and outside the city, was to protest Monday's closing of a social center that was occupied by squatters for 17 years.