Police dragged Catalan separatists off roads and arrested 11 during protests as Spain’s government brought a cabinet meeting to regional capital Barcelona in both a show of central power and attempt at negotiation.
Secession supporters used tyres and rubbish to barricade highways from before dawn, and thronged the streets of Barcelona in their thousands waving red-and-yellow Catalan flags.
Some set off flares and burned an image of Spain’s King Felipe VI, while police scuffled with masked youths in chaotic scenes that emergency services said injured 32 people lightly.
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