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Riot police clash with protesters over Catalan separatists trial

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By Chris Harris  & Rachael Kennedy
Riot police clash with protesters over Catalan separatists trial
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Protests continued in Barcelona on Thursday evening against the ongoing trial of a dozen Catalan separatist leaders in Madrid.

They are in the dock over a 2017 referendum and subsequent declaration of independence deemed illegal by the Spanish government.

If found guilty, the group could each face up to 25 years in jail.

Pro-independence supporters took part in a general strike in Catalonia on Thursday to protest against the proceedings.

Activists burned tyres and blocked key roads in the north-east region.

Thursday's strike followed huge pro-independence protests on Saturday evening, which saw 200,000 people, according to police figures, gather in the streets of Barcelona.

Organisers placed the attendance estimates at more than double this figure.