Riot police clash with activists outside Catalan parliament on anniversary of referendum

The Spanish government has accused the Catalan president of “encouraging radicals” after a day of protests to mark the first anniversary of the region’s unilateral independence referendum ended with riot police charging demonstrators outside the Catalan parliament.

About 180,000 people were estimated to have gathered in Barcelona on Monday to commemorate the vote and show their support for Catalan independence, many of them carrying banners reading “1 October, no forgiving, no forgetting”.

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