The European United Left – Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to mediate between the governments in Madrid and Barcelona and to use dialogue to resolve the crisis that erupted over Catalonia’s referendum for independence.

Speaking on behalf of GUE/NGL, group Vice-President Patrick Le Hyaric described the violence perpetrated by the Spanish military and police forces during Sunday’s referendum as a gross violation of EU citizens’ rights – action which must be condemned at once:

“We urge the European Commission to condemn – explicitly and without delay – the acts of violence and repression in Catalonia and the violation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.”

“We call for a de-escalation of tensions and to cease all use of repressive military and police forces,” added the French MEP. “Dialogue and debate must begin right across Catalonia and the whole of Spain on the constitution itself where citizens will be given a voice.”

According to Hyaric, cooperation, solidarity and unity of free and sovereign individuals are the only ways towards peace.

The European Commission has come under intense pressure from MEPs to condemn the Spanish state’s violent repression in Catalonia on October 1 during an emergency debate at the European Parliament.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament has also faced accusations of downplaying the gravity of the situation by scheduling a truncated debate on Catalonia, with the format of one speaker per group being deemed as insufficient.