In photos: 700,000 protest in Barcelona against police violence


People wave Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags as they take part in a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017, a day after hundreds were injured in a police crackdown during Catalonia’s banned independence referendum. / AFP/ Pierre Philippe Marcou/

 

People shout slogans as they wave Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017, a day after hundreds were injured in a police crackdown during Catalonia’s banned independence referendum. / AFP/ Pierre Philippe-Marcou/

Barcelona, Spain (AFP)  —  Some 700,000 people took to Barcelona’s streets Tuesday, city police said, to protest against police violence during a banned weekend independence referendum in Catalonia, demanding to be heard.

As the entire region went on general strike, Catalans protested throughout the day in various rallies, calling on the EU to intervene in an escalating face-off between Catalan separatist leaders and Madrid.