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Post-referendum Catalan strike is ‘nazi’, says People’s Party spokesman

Rafael Hernando believes that pro-independence parties are looking forward to ‘deaths’ in the streets

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04 October 2017 12:32 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

“Nazi.” This is how the ruling party in Spain, the People’s Party, assesses the holding of a general strike in Catalonia yesterday. The party spokesman in the Spanish Parliament, Rafael Hernando, said that “it is a political Nazi-style strike, where roads have been closed by a violent mob.” In an interview to the Spanish public radio broadcaster, he added that the aim of the strike yesterday was “to try to paralyze Catalonia and harm its economy as much as possible.”

Hernando also said that a pro-independence party reported to the BBC on Sunday that one person had died because of the Spanish police violence during the Catalan referendum. Although there were no fatal casualties, 893 people ended up injured after the repression. “I’ve got the feeling that ERC (Republican Left of Catalonia) and the CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) and other political parties are looking forward to deaths in Catalonia,” Hernando said. 

  • "It is a political Nazi-style strike, where roads have been closed by a violent mob"

    Rafael Hernando · People's Party spokesman in the Spanish parliament

Catalonia on strike

Catalonia went on strike on Tuesday in order to protest against the Spanish police violence on Sunday. According to the Catalan government, more than 70% of public workers joined the strike. Public transport operated below capacity and public services such as hospitals offered minimum services.

700,000-strong demonstration in Barcelona

As a result, the energy consumption was significantly lower than forecast. According to the Catalan Labor minister, Dolors Bassa, more than a million workers went on strike. During the whole day, a number of demonstrations were held. The biggest of them was held in Barcelona, with an attendance of 700,000, according to the local police. 

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  • The People's Party spokesman, Rafael Hernando (by Rafa Garrido)

  • The People's Party spokesman, Rafael Hernando (by Rafa Garrido)

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