Group travels 60 miles to take down secessionist symbols in pro-independence town

Fears of an escalation in Catalonia’s “yellow ribbon war” are growing after a group of about 80 masked vigilantes dressed in white boiler suits removed hundreds of the pro-independence symbols from a small town in the north of the region in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A woman had her nose broken in Barcelona after a man punched her in the face last week because her children were removing ribbons from park railings. He then shouted at the woman, a Russian resident, to “go back where you came from”. The woman is pressing charges.

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