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’Catalonia will set a precedent for democracy in Europe and the Western world,’ said Assange

The WikiLeaks founder stated that “attacks on freedom of expression push Spain towards a censorship similar to that in China"

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27 September 2017 01:09 PM

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The activist and founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said in an interview with the Catalan radio station RAC1 that the current political situation in Catalonia "is the most interesting political situation in Europe" and that it "will set a precedent for democracy in Europe and in the Western world”. Assange also stated that Spain’s repression against Catalonia is "very serious" and that "there will be a European response".

The founder of WikiLeaks highlighted that Spain has committed "several attacks on freedom of expression" and that those attacks are “pushing” Spain "towards a censorship similar to that in China”. According to him, “the world will observe closely what happens in Catalonia”. 

  • “The world will observe closely what happens in Catalonia”

    Julian Assange · WikiLeaks founder

Assange also stated that Spain’s actions against the October 1 referendum are “affecting its image abroad”. He pointed out that if Spain had managed the political situation in Catalonia in a different way, "it could have been an agreement that satisfied both sides. Asked about the position of the European Union, Assange said that if the current situation continues in Catalonia, “the EU must intercede".

Assange also warned that “the kind of repression applied in Catalonia” could be “applied in other Spanish regions, depending on Rajoy’s interests”. "That's why it's so important to follow what's happening now [in Catalonia]", he stressed. He also pointed out that he has never met any pro-independence leader.

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