Police arrest 23 in 4th night of street violence in Barcelona

Police in Barcelona have arrested 23 people after a fourth night of clashes with hooded youths.

A police spokeswoman says that after a peaceful protest late Thursday, about 60 youths began throwing stones, attacking stores and setting trash containers on fire in the central Sants district. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because of police rules preventing staff from being identified.

She said Friday that police responded to the violence, which lasted three hours, by using a high-pitched horn to try to disperse the crowd and by firing foam bullets.

The disturbances in the northeastern Spanish city began after the dismantling of a popular social center that had been run by squatters for 17 years. In all, 61 people have been arrested.


Giles contributed from Madrid.