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Police, protesters clash outside Barcelona-Real Madrid game

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Police, protesters clash outside Barcelona-Real Madrid game

The match in Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium began without incident and was halted only briefly when some fans threw balls onto the field bearing a message for the Spanish government to open a dialogue with the separatists.

Roberto Pocaterra Pocaterra

The game, which drew nearly 100,000 spectators, ended in a scoreless draw

Thousands of police and private security guards were deployed in and around stadium

In the street clashes, riot police used batons to force the crowd back, some threw objects at officers lined up behind shields and other protesters fought among themselves. There was no immediate word about injuries

At least four plastic trash cans were set on fire, and a smell of smoke wafted into the Camp Nou

When the game ended, fans were directed to leave on the stadium’s south side to avoid the clashes outside

The separatists sought to promote their independence bid by using the media coverage of the game between Barcelona, the Spanish league leader, and its fierce rival Real Madrid

Known as El Clásico, the game was postponed from Oct. 26 amid violent protests by the separatists

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Riot police clashed with protesters in the streets Wednesday night outside a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, as authorities sought to keep Catalonia’s separatist movement from disrupting the game viewed by 650 million people worldwide.

The match in Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium began without incident and was halted only briefly when some fans threw balls onto the field bearing a message for the Spanish government to open a dialogue with the separatists.

Roberto Pocaterra Pocaterra

The game, which drew nearly 100,000 spectators, ended in a scoreless draw

Thousands of police and private security guards were deployed in and around stadium

In the street clashes, riot police used batons to force the crowd back, some threw objects at officers lined up behind shields and other protesters fought among themselves. There was no immediate word about injuries

At least four plastic trash cans were set on fire, and a smell of smoke wafted into the Camp Nou

When the game ended, fans were directed to leave on the stadium’s south side to avoid the clashes outside

The separatists sought to promote their independence bid by using the media coverage of the game between Barcelona, the Spanish league leader, and its fierce rival Real Madrid

Known as El Clásico, the game was postponed from Oct. 26 amid violent protests by the separatists

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