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PROTEST OVER CATALONIA POLL VIOLENCE.

PROTESTORS turned out in a show of solidarity with the people of Catalonia following Sunday's referendum.

Hundreds were injured on Sunday when Spanish national police tried to stop voting in the poll which was deemed constitutionally illegal by the country's top court, but was backed by the Catalan regional authorities.

Catalan officials said 90% of the 2.26 million people who took part in the vote backed independence.

More than 100 people attended the protest at Caernarfon's Maes.

Arfon AM Sian Gwenllian said: "People here feel strongly about the way that the people of Catalonia are being treated.

"The scenes of violence we've seen from the Spanish police is appalling."

"We can only hope that peace will prevail and that the people of Catalonia will be left alone to decide their democratic future."

Arfon MP Hywel Williams, travelling back from Catalonia after spending the last few days as an international commentator, said: "Plaid Cymru applauds and appreciates the determined, patient and peaceful conduct of the Catalan people as they expressed their democratic will, in the face of the Spanish state's reprehensible actions.

"We welcome the result and call on the Spanish government to recognise the result as valid, and condemn the spinelessness of the majority of European political leaders in the face of this state violence."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Oct 3, 2017
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