Dramatic photos of the protests in Catalonia

PHOTO: A pro-independence Estelada flag is waved above demonstrators holding up their cellphones during a protest in Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 15, 2019. PlayJoan Mateu/AP
WATCH Violence erupts in Spain as Catalan leaders are jailed

Violent protests have been underway in Catalonia after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan leaders to long prison sentences.

Police charge against demonstrators during clashes outside El Prat airport in Barcelona, Oct. 14, 2019. Emilio Morenatti/AP
Police charge against demonstrators during clashes outside El Prat airport in Barcelona, Oct. 14, 2019.

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Many people in Catalonia have long sought independence from Spain to form a new European nation.

PHOTO: Policemen in riot gear move past a burning barricade during clashes with demonstrators in Barcelona, Oct. 15, 2019. Emilio Morenatti/AP
Policemen in riot gear move past a burning barricade during clashes with demonstrators in Barcelona, Oct. 15, 2019.

The protests broke out into riots on Tuesday when over 40,000 people took to the streets.

Nine leaders of the Catalan independence movement were jailed on Monday for sedition over their role in a failed independence bid, sparking mass protests across the region, Oct. 14, 2019, in Barcelona. Gian Marco Benedetto/Polaris
Nine leaders of the Catalan independence movement were jailed on Monday for sedition over their role in a failed independence bid, sparking mass protests across the region, Oct. 14, 2019, in Barcelona.
PHOTO: Demonstrators walk along a highway in Girona, Spain, Oct. 16, 2019. Mar Grau/AP
Demonstrators walk along a highway in Girona, Spain, Oct. 16, 2019.
Police officers clash with demonstrators outside El Prat airport in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Emilio Morenatti/AP
Police officers clash with demonstrators outside El Prat airport in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.
PHOTO:Nine leaders of the Catalan independence movement were jailed on Monday for sedition over their role in a failed independence bid, sparking mass protests across the region, Oct. 14, 2019, in Barcelona. Gian Marco Benedetto/Polaris
PHOTO:Nine leaders of the Catalan independence movement were jailed on Monday for sedition over their role in a failed independence bid, sparking mass protests across the region, Oct. 14, 2019, in Barcelona.

Spain's government said it would do whatever it takes to stop the violence and issued the statement that it "will act, if needed, with firmness, proportionality and unity."

PHOTO: Police clash with demonstrators during a protest at El Prat airport, on the outskirts of Barcelona, Oct. 14, 2019. Bernat Armangue/AP
Police clash with demonstrators during a protest at El Prat airport, on the outskirts of Barcelona, Oct. 14, 2019.
PHOTO: Demonstrators hold Catalan pro-independence Estelada flags as they march on the Nacional 2 road in Sils, near Girona, Oct. 16, 2019, a day after police arrested 51 people across Catalonia. Pau Barrena/AFP via Getty Images
Demonstrators hold Catalan pro-independence "Estelada" flags as they march on the Nacional 2 road in Sils, near Girona, Oct. 16, 2019, a day after police arrested 51 people across Catalonia.