Separatist chaos on the streets of Barcelona as protesters lose faith in divided politicians

On yet another night of smouldering barricades, billowing smoke and whistling projectiles on the streets of Barcelona, Elisenda Lluch couldn’t help but feel sympathy for her younger comrades clashing with police.

“I’m done preaching pacifism,” the 57-year-old told the Sunday Telegraph after attending a massive march in the city center, only a few hours before the city descended into chaos once again.

“We’ve been peaceful for years, and the verdict was 100 years in prison altogether,” said Ms Lluch, in reference to the long-awaited Spanish Supreme Court verdict that sealed the fate of nine Catalan leaders on Monday.

Since then, growing pockets of protests have turned to more aggressive tactics…

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