Janice Atkinson, Independent MEP for the South East of England, has called on Brussels to condemn the brutal use by the Spanish government and judiciary of police against its own citizens in seeking to repress the Catalan referendum.
In a statement issued from Brussels more than 24 hours after the violence, the European Commission – the executive of the EU – has described the vote and the violence around it as “an internal matter for Spain” and said the EU would not be intervening.
Janice said: “It is shameful that Brussels, that supposed titan of human rights, chooses not to utter a word of condemnation about the use of extreme police violence – rubber bullets, beatings and the closure of telecommunications – against citizens simply seeking to exercise their democratic rights.
“We can be certain that, had these scenes happened outside its own borders, the EU would have noisily protested against such flagrant abuse of human rights. The truth is that the Madrid government’s repressive and anti-democratic tactics of clamping down on democracy is largely dictated by the unelected and unaccountable EU which is terrified of expressions of the will of the people.
“The silence from Brussels exposes its hypocrisy and lack of regard for the basic human rights of the people of its own nations to express their democratic will. Of course the EU abhors any kind of popular referendum because it fears the outcomes – as Brexit vote showed it had every reason to.
‘It is not far-fetched to imagine that the shocking scenes we saw in Catalonia, unimaginable since Franco’s time, could be a taste of things to come with an EU army headed up by a Merkel/Macron axis.
‘European voters never, ever voted for an EU army. They will need to be vigilant to ensure that it is never used against them should when in future they seek to exercise their democratic rights of self-determination.’
Janice will be speaking on the issue in the European Parliament on Tuesday 3 October.
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