Tuesday 17 October 2017

Deafening silence on heavy-handed tactics in Spain

Civil Guard officers clash with members of the public at a polling station in Sant Julia de Ramis, Spain. Photo: Bloomberg
Civil Guard officers clash with members of the public at a polling station in Sant Julia de Ramis, Spain. Photo: Bloomberg
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Yesterday's independence vote in Catalonia resulted in over 700 people being injured due to the Spanish government's heavy-handed prevention of voting stations being used by the Catalan public.

So far the Irish Government has been silent on the matter. The only Government body vocal on that matter has been the Seanad, with Senators Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and Keith Swanick on September 26 questioning the Government's stance on the Catalan Parliament's referendum, voicing their concern for democratically elected parliamentarians being silenced by the Spanish central government. Chief Catalan representative to Ireland, Sergi Marcén, was present in the gallery.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney's stance on Catalonia may be similar to that of Iraqi Kurdistan, where he has clearly stated Ireland's support for a united Iraq in the Dáil, on July 26.

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