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    Spanish police officers immobilize some people outside a polling station in Barcelona, on October 1, 2017, on the day of a referendum on independence for Catalonia banned by Madrid

    Assange Urges Juncker to Suspend Spain From EU Over Violence in Catalonia

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    Julian Assange urges President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to 'respect for human dignity, freedom and democracy' in Catalonia by suspending Spain from the EU.

    MOSCOW, October 1 (Sputnik) — Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks, addressed President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday urging him to suspend Spain's EU membership over violent police response to the Catalan independence referendum.

    Catalonia is holding the independence referendum today, which Madrid claims is illegal. At least 337 people were injured in clashes between the protesters and police, according to the Catalan government.

    ​On Saturday, Assange described the situation in Catalonia ahead of the region's referendum on independence from Spain as world's first internet war as both Barcelona and Madrid were actively using IT for their purposes.

    ​The Article 2 of the Lisbon Treaty says that the European Union is founded "on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights."

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