Perth Catalan community to join worldwide protest against treatment of autonomous region’s government officials in wake of independence referendum

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A RALLY will be held tomorrow night by members of the Catalan community at the Rainbow Sea Container in Fremantle to protest the imprisonment of Catalan government officials.

The rally co-ordinated as part of a worldwide protest will happen at 6pm, the same time as rallies in other Australian cities and around the world.

Currently in Catalonia, which includes Barcelona, protests are occurring for the region to become independent from Spain against the Spanish government’s wishes .

Protestor and East Fremantle resident Imma Farre said there was a group of Catalans residing in Perth who recently met for the first time.

“As a result of the current political situation we have been more active and coming together as a community,” she said.

“I feel a mix of impotence, rage, indignation, sadness and disbelief to name a few.

“Sadness because of the violence and brutality of Spanish police on people trying to vote; impotence about the Spanish government sacking the elected government in Catalonia.”

The Perth Catalan community has about 100 members with mostwanting a self-determination referendum.

“The majority of the Catalans are in favour of an agreed referendum, even the ones who wish to remain in Spain,” she said.

“I am disappointed the Spanish establishment is trying to shut down a genuine claim from a society wanting to develop its own identity but for the attitudes shown by Europe.”

Dr Farre hopes the demonstration raises awareness for the situation.

“I hope this demonstration in Perth along with others around the world help to show the world the irregularities and grievance the Spanish government and by extension Europe are committing over Catalonia,” she said.

The Perth Spanish Club did not comment on the rally.

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