Violence breaks out in Spanish festival


Violence has broken out in Barcelona as Spanish police try to disperse a number of anti-government protesters at a local festival, a report says.

Some 200 protesters tried to hold a rally in defiance of a court ruling banning the celebration of the release of a Catalan woman who had spent nine years in jail, AFP reported on Sunday.

Police tried to disperse the crown of demonstrators who had intruded a celebration of the town at Raspall Square in the Barcelona neighborhood of Gracia.

At least one demonstrator was arrested in clashes between riot police and protesters.

Laura Riera, was convicted of cooperating with the terrorist group, Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), the protestors however, believe she was innocent.

ETA is an armed Basque nationalist and separatist organization founded in 1959.

It broke away from the much larger Basque Nationalist Party seeking to carve out an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southern France.

ETA is classified as a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States. It has been responsible for over 800 deaths in four decades of violence.

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