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Protesters block the roads leading to El Prat airport on the outskirts of Barcelona, Oct. 14, 2019, after Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced 12 prominent former Catalan politicians and activists to lengthly prison terms for their roles in the 2017 bid for Catalonia’s independence.

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The Spain-based team of video journalist Renata Brito, photographers Emilio Morenatti and Bernat Armangue, and freelance video journalists Vicente Marquez and Pilar Suarez produced standout live video and photo coverage from Barcelona’s airport and beyond as police clashed with Catalans protesting the verdict against leaders of the failed 2017 bid for independence. The team of five, ably supported by editors and colleagues in the region, delivereded the strongest visual coverage from the first day of the protests and held their advantage in subsequent days as clashes, marches and rallies continued in the Catalan regional capital.

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A Catalan pro-independence protestor throws a stone during clashes with police in Barcelona, Oct. 18, 2019.The Catalan regional capital was bracing for a fifth day of protests over the conviction of a dozen Catalan independence leaders.

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People hold up their phones with the lights switched on during a Catalan pro-independence protest in Barcelona, Oct. 20, 2019. Barcelona and the rest of the restive Spanish region of Catalonia were reeling from days of violent protests over the sentencing of 12 separatist leaders to lengthy prison sentences. Riots broke out at nightfall following huge peaceful protests each day since the Supreme Court verdict.

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