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Peaceful dialogue is only way forward in Catalonia

Commenting on recent events in Catalonia, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD today condemned police violence and urged all sides to reach a political solution to the constitutional crisis.

Deputy Shortall said:

“The weekend’s scenes of police violence and the forced closure of polling stations in Catalonia were shocking to witness. It is vital that the dispute over sovereignty is resolved and that people’s right to peaceful protest is accepted by the Spanish authorities.

“All sides must now redouble their efforts to reach a political solution to this constitutional crisis before it escalates further. Any repeat of the heavy-handed police tactics witnessed over the weekend will only inflame the situation and make it more difficult to resolve.”