Continued repression of Catalan democracy is reprehensible and counterproductive – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said she is “alarmed at the aggression and violence perpetrated by the Spanish state against the Catalan people over the weekend.”

Teachta McDonald said;

“The continued repression of Catalan democracy is reprehensible and counterproductive.

“The arrest of Charles Puigdemont, and the violent response of Spanish police to the protests that followed, shows that the Spanish government is firmly wedded to aggression and intransigence.

“The charges against Mr Puigedemont should be dropped and he should be released immediately.

“The actions of the Spanish government will only have served to deepen the crisis.

“The dispute between the people of Catalonia and the Spanish state over independence will not be resolved through incarceration and violence.”

The Sinn Féin Leader called on the European Union to impress upon the Spanish government the need for dialogue and negotiation.

“The people of Catalonia voted for independence. The European Union has a duty to come off the sidelines. It must show leadership in convincing the Spanish government that dialogue and mediation is the only way to resolve the crisis.”