The criminality of the Catalan independence referendum

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Michelle, C. 2017. The criminality of the Catalan independence referendum.
Title of workThe criminality of the Catalan independence referendum
CreatorsMichelle, C.
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On 1 October 2017 a referendum vote in the Catalan region of Spain devolved into violence when police officers deployed by the national government attempted to prevent people from voting. According to some reports almost 900 people, including voters and potential voters, were injured. While recognising that there are disputed versions, this post follows the critics of the Spanish police’s actions, as described by the main NGOs and other academic bloggers.
This referendum asked the people of Catalonia whether they wanted the region to gain independence from Spain. This blog post explores the potential criminality that has arisen from participating in the referendum by organisers, voters and potential voters. Specifically, it will argue that participating in the referendum was not a per se criminal act. Participants could be investigated for crimes that occurred in the course of their participation, but not for the participation itself. Moreover, the police should not have targeted potential voters, using disproportionate force, because this violated the freedom of expression and did not fulfil the police’s duties of crime prevention or investigation.

LanguageEnglish
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Online06 Nov 2017
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Deposited11 Oct 2018
Output statusPublished
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International Law Blog

Web address (URL)https://aninternationallawblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/
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