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Politicians criticise violence in Spain

Wednesday, 4th October, 2017 5:51pm

Cork politicians have condemned the police violence during Catalonia’s independence referendum last weekend.

Cork North Central Solidarity TD Mick Barry, who was in Barcelona observing the events, called the actions of Spain’s police forces “the most blatant attack on democracy seen in Europe in a generation” on social media.

Over 900 people were injured in Barcelona last Sunday when Spanish police attempted to prevent people from voting in the independence referendum called by the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain. The referendum was deemed unconstitutional by Spanish courts and declared illegal by the government.

Deputy Barry also offered his party’s “unwavering solidarity and support for the right to vote, the rights of national minorities to determine their own fate and the right to protest and assemble without repression and censorship”.

Deputy Barry remained in the region until yesterday in order to take part in a general strike organised by student groups and trade unions protesting against the violence. He will give an eyewitness account of the goings-on in Spain tonight 5 October in a public meeting in his office on Shandon Street. He will then travel to Dublin for a similar meeting on Friday.

Members of the Green Party in Cork this week took part in a demonstration outside Cork City Hall in solidarity with the people of Catalonia.

Addressing the demonstration Oliver Moran, the party's spokesperson for Cork North Central, said the scenes from Barcelona “(belonged) in the history books” and called on the EU to remind Spain that “these are not the values of Europe today”.

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