Catalonia: Spanish invaders face resistance at ports

Source: Telegraph [UK]

“Spain’s deployment of boatloads of military police to Catalonia to prevent its independence referendum hit obstacles yesterday as dockers in two ports announced a boycott and a third denied them mooring. More than 4000 members of Spain’s Guardia Civil are being dispatched to Catalonia amid concerns over divided loyalties in the autonomous community’s own police force, the Mossos d’ Esquadra. They are to be accommodated on four cruise ships — two in the port of Barcelona, one in Tarragona and another in Palamos. … The Assembly of Stevedores of the Port of Barcelona announced that workers would not provide any services to boats carrying security forces, a decision it said was taken ‘in defence of civil rights.’ Dock workers in Tarragona quickly followed suit. The Catalan government meanwhile denied permission to dock in Palamos — which, unlike Barcelona and Tarragona, falls under regional rather than national control.” (09/21/17)