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Human rights group: Spanish police used excessive force

The human rights organization Human Rights Watch claimed Thursday that Spanish police engaged in excessive force when confronting demonstrators in Catalonia during last week's referendum, using batons to hit non-threatening protesters and causing multiple injuries.

“Our detailed investigation into three cases found that national police and Civil Guard officers used excessive force on October 1 in Catalonia,” said Kartik Raj, Western Europe Researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The police may well have had the law on their side to enforce a court order but it didn’t give them the right to use violence against peaceful protesters.”


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