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Spanish riot police clashed with protesters outside a football match between their competitors in Barcelona and Barcelona Real Madrid. You know why!

Spanish riot police clashed with protesters outside a football match between their competitors in Barcelona and Barcelona Real Madrid. You know why!


Spanish riot police clashed with protesters outside a football match between fierce rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid
Protest organizers said more than 25,000 people joined the demonstration near the stadium in Barcelona

The match, which occurred at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, ​​began without obstacle and halted uniquely for a brief timeframe when a few fans tossed balls on the field with a message to the Spanish government to open a discourse with the separatists in Catalonia. 

A huge number of police officers and private security monitors have been sent close by the arena trying to keep separatists from disturbing the game, which has been viewed by 650 million individuals around the world.

Spanish riot police clashed with protesters outside a football match between fierce rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid
Street fires broke out outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

However, violence erupted as riot police used batons to compel the crowd to return.

Some protesters threw rockets at the officers who were lining up behind the shields while others fought among themselves, and several plastic bags were burned.

Authorities later said that at least 12 people were injured and two arrested.

When the game was over, about 100,000 spectators were directed to leave on the south side of the stadium to avoid clashes.

The separatists used the match, which ended in a goalless draw, to reinforce their demands for Catalonia independence using media coverage of the game between Barcelona and La Liga leaders and Real Madrid's fierce competition.

Known as El Clasico - the name given to any soccer match between the two - it was postponed from October 26 amid violent protests by separatists.
The competition between Spain's 2 largest cities is usually outlined by opposing political positions - Real Madrid is seen as representing the Spanish state and Barcelona representing Catalan nationalism.

Security guards seized the masks of Argentine Barcelona star Lionel Messi from his supporters when they entered the football field to ensure that they can be identified on the closed-circuit camera if they violate the law.

Spanish riot police clashed with protesters outside a football match between fierce rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid
Riot police used batons in clashes with protesters

Fans held blue banners saying "Spain, sit down and talk" and "freedom", while others chanted "Freedom for political prisoners" in Catalan.
Messages and chants indicate that the Spanish government has refused to discuss the independence of the rich northeastern region, as well as the imprisonment of nine leaders of the separatist movement recently, and was convicted for their roles in a failed attempt to secede in 2017.

Protest organizers said that more than 25,000 people joined the demonstration near the stadium in Barcelona, ​​although it was difficult to distinguish between protesters and fans. Some protesters blocked the main roads leading to the stadium shortly before the match.

The Barcelona team asked its fans to act calmly and not to influence the match.