Democracy in Crisis?

Owain is currently working abroad in Catalonia, producing videos for an intercultural organisation based in Barcelona. Right now, Barcelona is in the throes of a political war between the Catalan and Spanish governments, following the recent independence referendum on the 1st October, which was deemed illegal by the central Spanish government. Protests have been going on constantly in the Catalan capital, against the extreme reaction of the Spanish government; on the day of the referendum, videos emerged of Spanish police – who had been sent into the region to prevent citizens from attending the vote – attacking Catalan voters and using excessive force. Almost 1,000 voters were reportedly injured.

Below is a video of protests that took place on Saturday the 22nd this month; Catalans were protesting against the political imprisonment of two Catalan separatist leaders, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez.