SPANISH CATALAN CLASHES – Police clash with Catalan separatists as Spanish government holds cabinet meeting


Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived for the government’s cabinet meeting held in Barcelona amid protests and roadblocks throughout the region by pro-independence groups who reject the unusual decision to hold the weekly meeting in the Catalan capital.

A 600-strong police contingent was deployed to Barcelona to prevent possible flares of violence despite calls by jailed separatist leaders on Thursday to keep the protests peaceful.