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Barcelona residents have expressed their fury at damage to the steps of a world heritage site during preparations for a Louis Vuitton fashion show.

The city has erupted into clashes between police and protestors enraged by the use of a public park for celebrities to show off next year's Cruise Collection in private.

A local neighbourhood association shared pictures of damage to the steps around barriers set up in the historic Park Güell earlier this month, before days of dramatic protest erupted in the city, culminating in violent clashes this evening.

Chaotic scenes showed friction between baton-wielding officers and residents rallying against the French company's use of the park and protesting the damage, according to Spanish media.

Matters came to a head on Thursday as huge crowds wielding banners encircled officers, who were seen shoving residents and beating one man to the ground after he lashed out with a kick. Multiple arrests were reported locally.

Barcelona City Council told Catalan outlet Rac1 that a 'human error' during preparations for the event was to blame for the damage to a stone wall near the Plaça de la Natura, assuring that work is already underway to repair the wall.

Police and demonstrators clash during a protest outside the Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday May 23, 2024

Police and demonstrators clash during a protest outside the Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday May 23, 2024

Police and demonstrators clash during a protest outside the Park Güell in Barcelona on May 23

Police and demonstrators clash during a protest outside the Park Güell in Barcelona on May 23

A neighbourhood council reported damage during 'works' for the Louis Vuitton parade

A neighbourhood council reported damage during 'works' for the Louis Vuitton parade

Barcelona Council said last week that efforts were already underway to repair the wall

Barcelona Council said last week that efforts were already underway to repair the wall

Models present creations from the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2025 collection by French designer Nicholas Ghesquiere, in Barcelona

Models present creations from the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2025 collection by French designer Nicholas Ghesquiere, in Barcelona

A model wears an outfit by Louis Vuitton during the fashion show on May 23

A model wears an outfit by Louis Vuitton during the fashion show on May 23

Models walk the runway during Louis Vuitton : Womenswear Cruise 2025 at Park Güell

Models walk the runway during Louis Vuitton : Womenswear Cruise 2025 at Park Güell

'We want to report that in less than 24 hours of work for the Louis Vuitton parade in Park Güell, a piece of stairs has already been [damaged],' the Consell Veïnal del Turó de la Rovira wrote in a post on Twitter/X.

'This is how the City Council looks after the heritage of the city and of Unesco.'

'The amount of infrastructure they bring is beastly: trucks, sheds, fences ... it's a very strong display deployment,' David Mar of the neighbourhood association told Rac1, who claimed the organisers surprised them by starting work ten days before the event.

'In order for the richest man on the planet to make his parade on a heritage space for the people of Barcelona, the La Salut neighbourhood will not be able to park on their streets for 3 days,' the group wrote on Twitter/X.

The public park was closed to locals on Thursday, with access restricted through Wednesday.

Locals were limited to just the northern part of the park, according to Catalan News.

The damage to a site designed by modernist architect Antoni Gaudí drew outrage from residents of the Catalan capital, taking to the streets to express their frustrations.

The City Hall of Barcelona said in a statement: 'The organizing company regrets the incident and will cover the costs of the repair.' 

Officers were seen in harrowing footage wildly striking at demonstrators as they gathered in protest of the event.

In one video, the crowd appears to shuffle forward before one man is beaten back with a baton, crying out in pain.

The group, some appearing with cameras, seem to step away from the officers in an apparent attempt to defuse the situation before the violence erupts again.

One officer appears to push a woman back towards the crowd, who falls back into him.

It is unclear from

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