‘Spanish police violated human rights in Catalonia’

This 1 October 2017 video is called POLICE VIOLENCE IN CATALONIA.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Spanish police used excessive violence during the Catalan independence referendum on October 1. Demonstrators [rather: voters] who were not threatening were beaten with batons, Human Rights Watch (HRW) writes in a report. …

Broken wrist

70-year-old Magdalena Clarena was thrown to the ground by two policemen in the province of Barcelona after refusing to go away. Someone fell on top of her, so she broke her wrist. “I was so angry,” she says in the report. …

Another testimony comes from a 42-year-old mechanic arrested by four policemen, he fell to the ground, got blows and kicks to his head.

At a primary school in Girona, which was used as a polling station, the police beat protesters [rather: voters] with batons. They got blows all over their bodies, witnesses told HRW. The police is said not to have warned and scared children.

Catalan farmers trick Spanish police and trap them in field to stop them disrupting general strike. Local media claims the police were stranded for several hours: here.

The Spanish army and ruling elite used Spain’s National Day and the Day of the Armed Forces yesterday to whip up nationalism and reaffirm their plans to intervene militarily in Catalonia in response to the October 1 Catalan independence referendum: here.

Deadline looms for Catalonia to confirm or deny independence declaration: here.

The jailing this week of the leaders of the largest separatist organisations in Catalonia—Jordi Sànchez of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Jordi Cuixart of Òmnium Cultural—was met with demonstrations throughout Catalonia culminating in a 200,000-strong protest in Barcelona on Tuesday night: here.

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