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Spain: Protest held against police raid and arrest of Catalan official02:22

Spain: Protest held against police raid and arrest of Catalan official

Spain, Barcelona
March 15, 2018 at 10:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Catalan protesters staged a demonstration in front of the Generalitat de Catalunya in Barcelona on Thursday, to denounce a Spanish police raid of 'Omnium Cultural's' offices and their arrest of Catalan official Antoni Molons earlier in the day.

Protesters stood in front of the Generalitat with signs reading: ‘We are Omnium’. Catalan politicians also took part in the protest.

"We denounce this McCarthyism that the Spanish state is imposing, in each answer there is a judicial answer, it's never a political answer," deputy of 'Junts per Catalunya' Quim Torra said.

"Stop police repression, stop resolving political problems with justice, sit down, talk and make dialogue, the ideas of a whole population can't be persecuted," Josep Maria Cervera urged the Spanish administration.

Spain’s Guardia Civil raided the offices of the ‘Omnium Cultural’ pro-independence association during operations concerning the October 1 referendum, according to local media reports.

Afterwards, police detained the Catalan administration’s Secretary of Citizenship and Public Information, Antoni Molons, at his house. He was later charged with misuse of public funds and disobedience before being released.

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Thousands of Catalan protesters staged a demonstration in front of the Generalitat de Catalunya in Barcelona on Thursday, to denounce a Spanish police raid of 'Omnium Cultural's' offices and their arrest of Catalan official Antoni Molons earlier in the day.

Protesters stood in front of the Generalitat with signs reading: ‘We are Omnium’. Catalan politicians also took part in the protest.

"We denounce this McCarthyism that the Spanish state is imposing, in each answer there is a judicial answer, it's never a political answer," deputy of 'Junts per Catalunya' Quim Torra said.

"Stop police repression, stop resolving political problems with justice, sit down, talk and make dialogue, the ideas of a whole population can't be persecuted," Josep Maria Cervera urged the Spanish administration.

Spain’s Guardia Civil raided the offices of the ‘Omnium Cultural’ pro-independence association during operations concerning the October 1 referendum, according to local media reports.

Afterwards, police detained the Catalan administration’s Secretary of Citizenship and Public Information, Antoni Molons, at his house. He was later charged with misuse of public funds and disobedience before being released.

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