Catalan president urges Spain to take action against “increasing violence”
Quim Torra warns of "violent groups" in operation, in reference to recent incidents involving Spanish police officers
The Catalan president has urged the Spanish home affairs minister to take action against "increasing violence" displayed by "violent groups" in Catalonia.
Last weekend, Catalonia’s Mossos d'Esquadra police identified a group of 14 people who were removing signs of solidarity with jailed political leaders. The group had box cutters, hooks, dark clothes, handkerchiefs, and maps of several towns marked with some routes. One of the individuals caught is a Spanish Guardia Civil police officer.
In a letter sent to Madrid on Wednesday morning, Quim Torra demanded that Fernando Grande-Marlaska "allocate responsibilities" following the events.
According to the Catalan leader, all evidence points to a Guardia Civil officer cooperating with such "armed and organized groups."
"We request to be urgently informed of the disciplinary measures taken if necessary"
Quim Torra · Catalan president
Torra's letter also points out that the Spanish government delegate in Catalonia, Teresa Cunillera, responded with "silence" to a similar request some weeks ago.
Some hours after the letter was public, Cunillera made clear that she would reply to Torra's letter once she comes back from her holidays.
Other recent incidents
In the past few weeks, several controversial incidents involving Spanish police officers have taken place in Catalonia.
A month ago, a Spanish police officer attacked the Catalan photojournalist Jordi Borràs, much of whose work focuses on far-right movements.
On August 7, two pro-independence MPs said they were suing a Spanish police officer for allegedly insulting them and spitting at them while they passed a Barcelona police station in July.
Other incidents involving far-right groups have been reported in the past few months, including attacks on community centers in Barcelona and Girona.