7 arrests as hooded youths clash with Spain police

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Photo - Riot polices take position during a protest against the eviction of social squatters from the building in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, May 31, 2014. The demonstration, which drew supporters from around and outside the city, was to protest Monday’s closing of a social center that was occupied by squatters for 17 years. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Riot polices take position during a protest against the eviction of social squatters from the building in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, May 31, 2014. The demonstration, which drew supporters from around and outside the city, was to protest Monday’s closing of a social center that was occupied by squatters for 17 years. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police arrested seven people in Barcelona as youths clashed with police over the partial demolition of a popular social center, a local government spokesman said.

Joaquim Forn condemned the violence and said the damages caused to the city during nearly a week of protests reached about 200,000 euros ($272,670).

He said protesters, many of whom were hooded, had burned 38 garbage containers overnight and that flames had affected 12 parked vehicles.

The disturbances first erupted in the touristic Mediterranean city Monday after police evicted occupants from the Can Vies center, a building that had been run by squatters for 17 years.

Matters became more heated as a demolition crew moved in to raze the building. Dozens of people have been arrested.

The melee overnight also left a trail of damaged bank cash machines and vandalized public property such as bus stops.

Forn said the disturbances resulted from spillover violence after about 3,500 people marched peacefully through the city center a day earlier. He said city government officials weren't prepared to negotiate while the violence continued, and that the time for any possible dialogue was running out.

Police checked the identity papers of 225 people who had attended the protest.

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Heckle reported from Madrid

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