Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has condemned the arrests of prominent Catalan independence campaigners. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“The arrests of prominent Catalan independence referendum activists Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart was wrong and must be condemned. 

“The world saw the oppression carried out by the Spanish police during the voting on the referendum and this is yet another attack on the democratic process and a further attempt to silence the will of the people. 

“These activists should be released immediately and all charges dropped against others who were simply standing up for their democratic rights. 

“The international community have a role to play in standing up for the interests of the Catalan people, condemning these arrests and ensuring the result of the referendum is respected.”