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Friday, 23 July 2021

Barcelona ramps up security ahead of royal family's visit

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Barcelona ramps up security ahead of royal family's visit
Barcelona ramps up security ahead of royal family's visit

Barcelona increased it's security level amid the presence of Spanish royal family in the capital of Catalonia on Monday, where King Felipe and his family will attend the Princess of Girona Awards ceremony.

Spain has reinforced the riot police forces as Catalan separatist groups have called for demonstrations against the presence of the royal family in the city and against the imprisonment of pro-independence leaders.

Some residents in Barcelona said they don't like the Spanish royal visit while others said everyone should be free to go wherever they want.

Hundreds of Catalan separatist supporters staged a peacefully pot-banging protest on Sunday (October 3) outside the venue where the award ceremony will take place.

Barcelona has witnessed a series of pro-secession protests since October 14 when Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine politicians and activists to up to 13 years in jail for their role in a failed independence bid in 2017.

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