Protesters clash with police over Covid-19 restrictions in Barcelona

Protesters who deny the existence of Covid-19 and object to restrictions to curb the pandemic's spread clashed with police in Barcelona on Friday.

About 50 demonstrators threw bricks and fireworks at police and set fire to rubbish containers in the centre of Spain's second largest city, police said.

Police repelled the protesters with their batons but did not charge, a spokesman for the Mossos d'Escuadra, the Catalan regional police, said.

One person was injured after being hit on the head by a brick. Two people were arrested.

Earlier, about 700 people staged a peaceful demonstration through one of the city's main streets.

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A protester throws crowd control barriers towards members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra as clashes erupt during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
A firefighter douses burning trash after clashes erupted between members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra and protesters during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra stand guard opposite protesters after clashes erupted during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters throw crowd control barriers towards members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra as clashes erupt during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Protesters take cover as a member of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra uses his baton to disperse a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters remove crowd control barriers during clashes members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra at a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters shout slogans as a smoke bomb billows during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters hold signs calling for freedom and the resignation of the government along with a placard comparing the number of coronavirus deaths with the number of flu deaths during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra stand amid a fog of lit flares after clashes erupted with protesters during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
A bystander waits for the end of clashes as a member of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra takes position opposite protesters during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP) (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra take position next to burning trash set on fire by protesters during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters throw crowd control barriers towards members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra as clashes erupt during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
A protester throws crowd control barriers towards members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra as clashes erupt during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra use their batons to disperse protesters during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d'Esquadra take position next to burning trash set on fire by protesters during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. - One by one, Spain's regions have announced regional border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown like in France. The central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities the tools to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
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It follows similar disturbances sparked by those who deny the existence of the pandemic in Bilbao, in Spain, on Thursday and in cities across Italy on Monday.

Spain, one of the hardest-hit countries by Covid-19, imposed a state of emergency this week to try halt the rise of coronavirus infections.

Like other European countries, Spain has resorted to increasingly drastic measures to curb infections, although less stringent than in Germany or France.

The state of emergency grants regional authorities the power to limit freedom of movement through lockdowns and curfews.

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