- - Wednesday, October 4, 2017

As a supporter of democracy and self determination, I was glad that last Sunday the people of the Catalan region of Spain tried to vote for independence. Unfortunately the Spanish police cracked down in a most undemocratic way.

Polling places and political-party headquarters were raided. Politicians have been arrested. Ballot boxes were confiscated and more than 800 people were injured. I don’t think a democracy should use the police to ban voting. Of course, Spain still has a king, and until the 1970s was ruled by a military dictatorship under the Fascist leader Francisco Franco.

The Spanish national government says the Catalan vote was illegal. If that was true, why didn’t the authorities allow people to vote and then arrest them?

Supporters of democracy should be wary of any political party, government or country that uses the police to punish people who are trying to vote.


Greensboro, N.C.

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