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Pro-squatter protesters clash with Barcelona police, 15 hurt

  • Riot police take position in front of a vacant bank occupied by squatters in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Protesters supporting squatters in Barcelona clashed with police again Tuesday, less than 24 hours after demonstrators set trash containers and vehicles ablaze in confrontations. The activists want squatters allowed back inside a vacant bank branch they occupied for years before they were evicted and the latest clash came after they managed to use tools to pry open a small hole in the metal doors sealing the entrance to the bank. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Riot police take position in front of a vacant bank occupied by squatters in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Protesters supporting squatters in Barcelona clashed with police again Tuesday, less than 24 hours after demonstrators set trash containers and vehicles ablaze in confrontations. The activists want squatters allowed back inside a vacant bank branch they occupied for years before they were evicted and the latest clash came after they managed to use tools to pry open a small hole in the metal doors sealing the entrance to the bank. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Riot police use their batons to disperse demonstrators in support of squatters in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Protesters supporting squatters in Barcelona clashed with police again Tuesday, less than 24 hours after demonstrators set trash containers and vehicles ablaze in confrontations. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Riot police use their batons to disperse demonstrators in support of squatters in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Protesters supporting squatters in Barcelona clashed with police again Tuesday, less than 24 hours after demonstrators set trash containers and vehicles ablaze in confrontations. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • People react during clashes between protesters supporting squatters and police in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Protesters clashed with police again Tuesday, less than 24 hours after demonstrators set trash containers and vehicles ablaze in confrontations. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    People react during clashes between protesters supporting squatters and police in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Protesters clashed with police again Tuesday, less than 24 hours after demonstrators set trash containers and vehicles ablaze in confrontations. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

Protesters supporting squatters in Barcelona have set trash containers and vehicles ablaze and clashed with police, leaving at least 15 people injured.

A police official says 14 of those hurt were officers and that the sole demonstrator injured was also arrested.

The protesters want squatters allowed back inside a vacant bank branch they occupied for years before they were evicted.

The rally started Monday night when 500 people marched peacefully in the upscale neighborhood. The official said the demonstration turned violent around 10 p.m. when some protesters set garbage containers on fire. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of police policy.

Riot police then clashed with demonstrators who burned a trash truck and damaged other vehicles.

One store was ransacked during the mayhem that ended after midnight Tuesday.