Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson has said the international community has a responsibility to act to defend the democratic rights of the Catalan people.
Martina Anderson said;
“As an international observer to the Catalan independence referendum I have witnessed at first hand the attempts by the Spanish authorities to deny people the right to vote.
“This has included seizing ballot boxes, blocking access to polling stations and physical attacks on those queuing up to exercise their democratic right.
“There have also been reports of disruption to the online services required for voter validation.
“Let’s be clear; these are attacks on the democratic process and democracy itself.
“If this was happening anywhere else in the world there would be international outrage.
“There is an onus on the international community, and the EU in particular, to speak out and to act to defend the fundamental democratic rights of the people of Catalonia.”