VIOLENT and abusive police in Spain have been flagged up in a new human rights study.
The annual US State Department’s report highlighted mistreatment and excessive force used by police at demonstrations.
In particular the report mentioned a 15M protest in Barcelona last May when ‘videos showed police hitting men and women with batons while they were sitting on the ground with their hands in the air.’
The Olive Press reported how a football riot broke out at a football game between Sevilla and Tottenham three years ago, after a riot policeman struck a female supporter in the face.
The report also highlighted other protests against health and education cuts.
The report drew attention to the problem of gender-based domestic violence and immigration issues.
It also criticised how police used ‘ethnic and racial profiling’ to meet arrest quotas.
The main focus of the report however was China, where conditions were said to remain ‘extremely poor’.