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Tens of thousands of people protested in the streets of Barcelona

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Protesters took over the streets of Barcelona on Tuesday. Thousands of people shut down the city in response to the Spanish government's violent crackdown during Sunday's Independence referendum vote. Nearly 900 people were injured by state police in riot gear.

Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont told the BBC the region planned on declaring independence within the next couple of days.

CNN reported that the European Parliament plans to discuss the crisis on Wednesday. The UN Commissioner for Human Rights asked the council and Spanish government's permission to send in experts to examine if the rights of Catalan citizens have been violated.

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