The Mayor of Barcelona appeals to his city to dissolve the protests on the fifth consecutive night as Catalan separatists continue to clash with police over a ruling by the country's Supreme Court, which has handed down severe prison sentences for nine of the organizers of the independence campaign.
"This cannot go on. Barcelona does not deserve it," Mayor Ad Colau told reporters, adding that Friday's protests – which also drew more than half a million supporters of independence in Spain's capital, Madrid —, were the most violent.  INDEPENDENCE PROTESTS IN BARCELONA EXCLUSIVE KEYS WITH POLICE, VIOLENCE
More than 500 people were injured in the five days of demonstrations – 18 were hospitalized with serious injuries – and nearly 150 were arrested, but police were unable to quell the violence. The rioters burned hundreds of trash bins and threw gasoline bombs, sidewalk pieces, acid and fireworks, among other items, into police. They used nails to pierce the tires of police vans and fireworks to hit a police helicopter, but no serious damage was reported.
The Regional Police of Catalonia and the National Police of Spain fought with sticks, rubber and foam bullets, tear gas and water cannons. At least 101 police officers were injured in Friday's riots alone, and 264 police vehicles were damaged throughout the week, according to Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska.
"The images of organized violence in Barcelona have overshadowed. Half a million people have demonstrated in a peaceful and civil manner to show that they reject the sentence," said Catalun Interior Chief Mikel Buh, who heads regional police .
Minister Grande-Marlasca asked the regional president of Catalonia to explicitly condemn the escalating violence and to express his support for law enforcement officials.
"We have passed five days in which there was no clear condemnation of violence" by Catalan leader Quim Torah, Grande-Marlaska.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPLICATION Spain or not. On Monday, nine of the 12 found inheritance defenders who were sentenced received 13 to nine years in prison.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.