The Scottish Parliament has been urged to condemn “in the strongest possible terms” the behaviour of the Spanish government in attempting to subdue the Catalan independence movement.
Ivan McKee, the MSP for Glasgow Provan, put forward a motion after two prominent Catalan figures were jailed on charges of sedition this week.
It was one of two motions about the issue from SNP politicians yesterday.
Mr McKee made reference to the fascist rule of the Franco era when he urged MSPs to call on Madrid “to cease what it [Holyrood] considers this repression against the people and the government of Catalonia”.
East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani said that her motion, calling for “dialogue, negotiation and accord”, was a response to the “deeply worrying” decision by Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, to trigger the process to revoke some or all of Catalonia’s semi-autonomous powers.
The behaviour of the Spanish government in the constitutional crisis has attracted criticism from a cross-party group of MSPs, including Labour, Green and Lib Dem politicians.
- This is an extract from an article published in The Times, by Mike Wade, on October 20 2017.