Police clash with protesters in Spain over jailed rapper

Protests were initially peaceful, but when Catalan protesters began throwing projectiles at the armoured vans, the local police, the Mossos d'Esquadra, retaliated by shooting rubber bullets aimed at face-level.

As the riots appeared to stagnate, large stretches of central Barcelona streets were choked with smoke from burning bins.

Pablo Hasel, known for his radical leftist views, had missed a deadline last Friday to surrender to authorities to serve a nine-month jail term handed down in 2018 - a sentence that caused an uproar in Spain and led the government to announce it would make free speech laws less restrictive.