Police pile out of vans to lay into protesters trying to run away
Spain’s shame as it jailed politicians this week for arranging a Catalan independence referendum has been compounded by scenes of horrific police brutality against Catalan protesters in Barcelona – as video released on social media has shown:
The UK government shamed itself when a minister insisted that these events were a purely ‘internal matter’ for the Spanish government – and EU governments appear to have turned a similarly blind eye.
But the UK’s media have been no better. As with the ‘gilet jaunes’ protests in France, what little coverage there has been of events in Barcelona have described ‘clashes’ between protesters and police, as if there has been some kind of parity of behaviour, as this snapshot of Barcelona-related headlines from the BBC News website shows:
But in fact, the aggression seems to have been profoundly asymmetrical – and as the video above has shown, merely attempting to run away has been a pretext for wanton and extreme violence.
The appalling behaviour of the Spanish authorities, the response of other governments and the craven media coverage shame all those involved.
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