Sinn Féin Councillor Caoimhe McKnight has today (Tuesday) proposed a motion at a meeting of the Strategic Governance Committee of Derry City and Strabane District Council in relation to Catalan Independence referendum, the brutality of the Spanish police and urging support of the local council.
Councillor McKnight said “On Sunday the world witnessed shocking scenes of police brutality in various parts of Catalonia. Peaceful citizens who were protecting the integrity of polling stations were struck down and savagely beaten. Reports are suggesting that nearly 900 people have been injured.
Children and adults were beaten off the streets and fired upon. This is unacceptable in any society. The disturbing images of frail elderly citizens being assaulted by heavily armed Spanish police will be impossible to forget. Solidarity rallies were held in Derry, Belfast and Dublin as local people wanted to show their outrage at what had gone on.
We brought forward this motion as we felt the local council needed to formally recognise the democratic outcome of the Catalan Independence referendum, condemn the brutality of the Spanish police, and to write to the Catalan and Spanish Governments to outline the Councils support for Catalan Independence.
The international community and the European Union in particular, must now support the people of Catalonia in forging their own independent political path in Europe.
That Derry and Strabane District Council formally recognises the democratic outcome of the Catalan Independence referendum, condemns the brutality of the Spanish police, and will write to the Catalan and Spanish Governments to outline the Councils support for Catalan Independence.