SPAIN

Catalan separatists

clash with police

Clashes between Catalan separatists and police in Barcelona left 14 people injured and led to six arrests Saturday as tensions boiled over days before the anniversary of the Spanish region’s illegal referendum on secession, which ended in violent raids by security forces.

Separatists tossed and sprayed colored powder at police officers, filling the air with a thick rainbow cloud and covering anti-riot shields and police vans. Some protesters threw eggs and other objects and engaged with the police line, which used batons to keep them back.

There were more confrontations as the separatists tried to enter Barcelona’s main city square where 3,000 people supporting Spanish police had ended their march.

BRAZIL

Tens of thousands

protest top candidate

Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Saturday in protest against the presidential front-runner, a far-right congressman whose campaign has exposed and deepened divisions in Latin America’s largest country.

The protests came the same day that Jair Bolsonaro was discharged from a hospital after being stabbed at a campaign rally Sept. 6.

In Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, people flooded avenues to sing, dance and shout “Not him!” — the rallying cry of groups trying to prevent Bolsonaro from taking office in October elections.

UNITED NATIONS

Canada delays speech

amid US trade talks

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland postponed her U.N. speech as free trade talks between the U.S. and Canada intensified.

Freeland was set to deliver Canada’s address to the General Assembly on Saturday in New York, but Canada exchanged the slot with another country. Freeland might speak Monday.

A senior Canadian official said talks are progressing but it’s not certain a deal will be reached soon.

 

Beacon Journal/

Ohio.com wires