Bru­tal­ity of po­lice was ex­ces­sive

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Sir,

One can­not fail to have been moved by the scenes of vi­o­lence in Cat­alo­nia, as Span­ish forces at­tacked un­armed vot­ers.

What­ever the view on Cat­alo­nia’s right to hold such a vote or not, the re­sponse by the Span­ish national gov­ern­ment was bru­tal and ex­ces­sive, lead­ing to 844 peo­ple be­ing in­jured.

The sight of peo­ple be­ing dragged from polling sta­tions by ba­ton wield­ing po­lice and the dis­abled be­ing at­tacked in wheel­chairs has no place in a mod­ern west­ern democ­racy.

One can­not praise highly enough the calm­ness, hu­man­ity and brav­ery of the Cata­lan peo­ple when faced with such acts of vi­o­lence. Alex Orr,

Leam­ing­ton Ter­race, Ed­in­burgh.

Ailean Caim­beul

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