Spain: Police wield batons in scuffles, protester spits on TV crew

Spanish unionists clashed with Catalan police in Barcelona on Sunday as protesters traded insults and spat on a TV camera crew. As tens of thousands took to the streets, some scenes turned ugly as those against independence from Spain voiced their anger. Police wielded batons as scuffles between a small group of protesters and a line of Catalan police broke out. In one scene that... Еще highlights the complexities of the situation, a man armed with a gun and wearing a Guardia Civil T-shirt is hoisted onto the shoulders of unionists as he taunts Catalan police. Tensions have flared in Spain following the Catalan declaration of independence and Madrid's decision to impose direct rule over Catalonia. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has since dissolved the government of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and has called for fresh elections.

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