IN May last year a peaceful protest against austerity cuts, political corruption and a lack of economic opportunity saw a outbreak of violence that left 121 people injured.
What was so shocking about the 15M ‘clash’ was how incredibly one sided it was with videos showing police wielding full-armour, batons, pepper spray and rubber bullet shotguns against unarmed protesters.
In the world of new-age technology this behaviour does not go unnoticed and it quite rightly caused outrage around the country.
Now this outrage has reached the US.
Spain has come under fire in the latest Country Report on Human Rights issued by the US State Department.
And quite frankly Spain should be ashamed.
There is no excuse for this behaviour. Freedom of speech is one of the most important things we have in Europe.
Citizens should not be punished for speaking the truth, however ugly it may be.
I’ve not had many dealings with the Spanish police but all my dealings with the Guardia Civil have been unpleasant.
One time they were doing random car insurance document checks and pulled me over.
The Guardia Civil officers actually made me put my hands on the car and when I turned to talk to them one of them drew his weapon and pointed it at me!
The local police in the area I live in, Antequera, are much friendlier.
“The Guardia Civil officers actually made me put my hands on the car and when I turned to talk to them one of them drew his weapon and pointed it at me!”
You should have made a complaint Christopher and had a lawyer involved.
Happens to me all the time ……. maybe they confused you with me ?
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“Ban the brutality” Agreed. But who will police the police?