Was I surprised at Spanish State brutality in Catalonia today?
Not really, having seen what happened for 30 years in Northern Ireland – the Ballymurphy Massacre, Bloody Sunday, The New Lodge Six, the Spinghill Massacre and the Mc Gurk’s Bar massacre- to mention just a few where UK state forces were involved. You can read all about them if you are interested on this site.
Catalans have expressed particular concern about the use of rubber bullets, which the Catalan police force are banned from using, and which left one person needing eye surgery yesterday.
As in Barcelona today, use of plastic bullets or projectiles was not unknown in Northern Ireland
Children were killed.
Some by plastic bullets or projectiles or batons as they are now called.
Some by real live ammunition.
Some by the Forces of the Crown that is the British Army and the RUC, the then police force in Northern ireland.
And some by Loyalist paramilitaries
Italy saw Italian police brutality during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001
(sorry the clip is mainly in Italian but some scenes are universal)
So I was not surprised – deeply saddened of course, at another example man’s inhumanity to man
Saddened that the principles that underlie the EU are set aside once again by State brutality
Saddened the EU authorities have not reacted strongly to condemn the Spanish State attack on citizens who only wanted to vote
Here are some pics to exemplify what went on in Catalonia today
Despite this or maybe because of it Catalans can today say “We have won”
PS There are a lot of other pictures and videos out there. You’ll find a good selection on