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Catalan Pro-Independence Activists Protest Spanish PM

Catalan pro-independence protesters blocked roads and rallied in the thousands Friday as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez brought a cabinet meeting to regional capital Barcelona in both a show of power and attempt at negotiation.

Police cracked down on protesters and detained demonstrators. 

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Riot police stand guard as people gather to protest against weekly cabinet meeting in Barcelona, Spain.
Riot police stand guard as people gather to protest against weekly cabinet meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Photo:Reuters
A demonstrator waves an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during a march towards Casa Llotja de Mar where Spain's cabinet meeting will take place, in Barcelona.
A demonstrator waves an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during a march towards Casa Llotja de Mar where Spain's cabinet meeting will take place, in Barcelona. Photo:Reuters
Riot police guard as a woman with Spanish flag confronts demonstrators with Esteladas (Catalan separatist flags) during a protest before a weekly cabinet meeting in Barcelona.
Riot police guard as a woman with Spanish flag confronts demonstrators with Esteladas (Catalan separatist flags) during a protest before a weekly cabinet meeting in Barcelona. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against Spain's cabinet meeting in Barcelona.
Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against Spain's cabinet meeting in Barcelona. Photo:Reuters
An Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) is pictured as people attend a protest against Spain's cabinet meeting.
An Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) is pictured as people attend a protest against Spain's cabinet meeting. Photo:Reuters
Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against Spain's cabinet meeting.
Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against Spain's cabinet meeting. Photo:Reuters
Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against Spain's cabinet meeting.
Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against Spain's cabinet meeting. Photo:Reuters
Published 21 December 2018 (7 hours 29 minutes ago)
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