Riot police charging in to break up demonstrations in the Spanish region of Catalonia on Monday night. Thousands marched through Barcelona to mark the first anniversary of a bid for independence. An ill-fated referendum on October the 1st last year hoped to establish a split from Spain. But Madrid banned the vote as anti-constitutional and imposed direct rule on Catalonia.
Months of political turmoil followed.>>
>> People shouting, October the 1st, not forgiving, not forgetting. Posters saying, republic under construction.
> During the day, protesters try to block roads and train tracks in the Northeastern region. Around 180,000 people marched through the streets hanging ballot boxes and chanting the regional anthem.
Polls in Catalonia show a relatively even split, between those who favor remaining in Spain and those who want to secede.