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Catalonia vows to go to intl. courts, calls on EU sanctions against Spain for referendum violence

Catalan ministers have announced they are pursuing international justice following the Spanish government’s crackdown on voters in the Catalonia independence referendum.

Announcing a two pronged response strategy, officials added that a process to institute anti-Madrid sanctions in the EU is already underway.

“We will initiate formalities to activate the mechanisms of sanctions… We think that the actions of the Spanish state that the whole world is witnessing, put the image of the EU as a guarantor of democracy and human rights at risk,” Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raul Romeva told a news conference in Barcelona Sunday.

Catalan officials have initiated contact with various EU institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission, along with representatives of EU member states “in order to launch measures to penalize and control” Madrid, he added.

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