Protesters battle police as tens of thousands take to streets of Catalonia with flights at Barcelona airport disrupted after Spanish court jails nine independence leaders for total of almost 100 years | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Protesters battle police as tens of thousands take to streets of Catalonia with flights at Barcelona airport disrupted after Spanish court jails nine independence leaders for total of almost 100 years

Riot police charged at protesters outside Barcelona's airport today after the Supreme Court sentenced 12 prominent Catalan separatists to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2017 push for the wealthy Spanish region's independence.

Police used batons against the demonstrators who moved on El Prat airport after a call by the grassroots group Democratic Tsunami, which supports Catalan secession.

Activists fought pitched battles with police tonight at the taxi rank outside terminal one, with officers responding by firing foam bullets and using batons to disperse them.

In chaotic scenes, tourists were forced to get out of taxis hundreds of yards away and walk to the departures building.

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