Police have arrested 25 people during a third night of clashes in Barcelona following the clearing of a squat which had been occupied for 17 years. 

Protesters threw rocks and set fire to trash containers after police evicted squatters from the 'Can Vies' social centre building.

A police spokeswoman said on Thursday the disturbances began after a peaceful protest the previous evening in the central Sants district of Barcelona when police prevented some protesters from approaching a town hall office.

The demonstration was to protest Monday's closing of 'Can Vies' that was occupied by squatters since 1997, following a court order when negotiations broke down between the city of Barcelona and the youth occupying the building.

Source: Agencies