Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has staged a protest in the European Parliament today against the brutality used by the Spanish police during Sunday’s independence referendum in Catalonia. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“Today in the chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, I and other MEPs from across Europe staged a protest against the brutality used by the Spanish police against people exercising their democratic rights in Catalonia. 

“We held pictures of those injured by Spanish police batons and rubber bullets – including elderly men and women – simply for daring to take part in a democratic referendum on their future. 

“I witnessed at first hand the actions of the Spanish police and it was reminiscent of the actions of the RUC in the worst days of the conflict here. 

“We were also protesting at the lack of action and condemnation from the EU and the wider international community about what happened on the streets of Barcelona on Sunday. 

“The EU have a responsibility to stand up for democratic rights and to protect citizens. It is now up to the international community to respect the outcome of the referendum in Catalonia and ensure scenes like we witnessed on Sunday are not repeated.”