Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Catalans urged to strike to protest police crackdown on poll

Several thousand demonstrators gathered Tuesday outside the headquarters of the Spanish National Police in Barcelona in protest at the brutality of the police during the controversial referendum on the separation of Catalonia, which left hundreds of people injured.

The crowd gathered in the Catalan capital, shouting slogans calling the Spanish police "occupying force" and urging them to leave the northeast region.

The protest came as several small trade unions and large groups of independence for independence called on workers throughout Catalonia to make partial or complete strikes, and the region's leaders reflected on a possible declaration of independence two days after the referendum that had become violent and that Madrid was considered illegal and invalid .

"People are angry, very angry," said Josep Llavina, a 53-year-old self-employed worker who went to Barcelona from a neighboring city to take part in a protest outside the police building.

"They brought violence with them, they beat people who kept their hands up. How can we not resent it? "

The demonstrators arrived on foot, walked along the empty boulevards and streets, closed by the municipal police, when the tourists looked from afar.

The protesters blocked several roads in the city, and buses and taxis suffered.

The strike was not supported by the two main unions of Spain, the UGT and CCOO groups, and there were no reports of violations related to the large industry or the Barcelona airport.

"I do not agree with the strike. In fact, at work, no one told me anything about the strike, so I decided to come, "said Jose Bolivar, 54 Town Hall staff.

The 37-year-old employee Antonio Cuello was in two minds about an industrial action.

"On the one hand, it's a hassle to try to work in the middle of a strike," she said. "We suffer from this, because some of them decided to behave improperly. On the other hand, I understand the circumstances surrounding the strike. "

Port workers also held a demonstration outside the regional headquarters of the ruling People's Party of Spain, and the firefighters planned a rally outside the regional office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Barcelona. Protests should also be held outside the polling stations, where the police acted with force to try to prevent a Sunday poll.

According to the Catalan regional health authorities, more than 890 civilians were injured, most of which are not serious, after clashes during Sunday's referendum. The police, using batons, and some shooting rubber bullets, cleared the protesters, hoping to vote in a referendum. The Ministry of the Interior of Spain states that 431 officers of the National Police and the Civil Guard were also injured.

Police actions have aroused criticism throughout the world, although the European Union and most governments supported Spain's position on what has been its most serious political crisis for decades.

Nigel Faraj, one of the leaders in Britain's voting to leave the EU, condemned the bloc's inability to clearly condemn police violence.

"It is completely unusual to realize that this Union is ready to turn a blind eye," Faraj said to EU lawmakers.

Cyprus said that Spain's national sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, arguing that the referendum on Catalonia's independence was "in violation" of the Spanish constitution.

Representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hussein Muftuoglu also said that respect for the territorial integrity of Spain is the main "principle", adding that it is important that both parties respect the laws of Spain and avoid violence

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