Police gird for separatist protest at Barcelona soccer match

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JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of police and private security personnel were deployed Wednesday in and around Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium to ensure that a demonstration by Catalonia's separatist movement does not disrupt one of the world's most-watched soccer matches. Spanish league leader Barcelona hosts its fierce rival, No. 2 Real Madrid, and the separatists want to take advantage of the global media coverage to promote their bid for independence from Spain. The game, known as El Clásico, was postponed from Oct. 26 because of fears that the separatists — then in the midst of a week of violent protests — would try to disrupt it. Barcelona is the regional capital of the wealthy northeast region of Catalonia. Spain opposes any breakup of the
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