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Spanish police have accused protesters of throwing acid at them during another night of destructive violence in Barcelona, with unrest entering a fourth day.
Members of the public were warned to stay away from a major avenue in the city centre on Wednesday night after a new outbreak of trouble was sparked following Monday's jailing of nine pro-independence leaders.
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Protesters clashed with riot squad officers, throwing missiles including stones and flares, and setting fire to piles of cardboard boxes and rubbish bins.
The epicentre of the violence was the popular Paseo de San Juan near Barcelona's Arc de Triomphe monument.
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A spokesman for the regional Mossos d'Esquadra force, one of the two police forces combating the violence which has erupted this week in several Catalonian cities, said around 9.15 local time: 'The violent incidents are continuing in the area of the Paseo de San Juan where it meets Diputacion Street.
'Stones and objects with acid are being thrown. Please stay away from the area.'
Force - Group - People - Stones - Flares
The force later said a 'small group of violent people' were throwing stones and flares at police.
Spain's government said on Wednesday it would do whatever it takes to stamp out violence in Catalonia, where clashes between regional independence supporters and police have injured more than 200 people in two days.
Police - Union - Representatives - Protesters - Tarragona
Police union representatives said some protesters in Tarragona, a 90 minute drive south of Barcelona, were carrying knives they intended slashing the tyres of patrol cars with.
Elsewhere in Barcelona protesters threw toilet rolls at officers to show 'there was a lot of s*** to clean.'
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The third night of violence flared around 9pm local time after pro-independence supporters marched on the Catalan regional government's Interior Ministry HQ.
Hoodie-wearing protesters were blamed for more than 200 blazes on Tuesday, said to have cost more than £300,000 to clean up. Several cars are also reported...
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