Sinn Féin Parliamentary Delegation in Catalonia for independence referendum
A Sinn Féin delegation has travelled to Catalonia this weekends as guests of the Catalan Government to observe the independence referendum due to take place on Sunday.
The delegation includes Lynn Boylan MEP, Martina Anderson MEP, Eoin Ó Broin TD and Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.
The delegation will meet with the Catalan President and Foreign Minister, representatives of political parties, NGOs and other groups. They will also observe the referendum on Sunday.
Speaking on arrival, Lynn Boylan MEP said:
"Sinn Féin has long supported the right of the Catalan people to decide their own future. This weekends referendum is an important exercise in the sovereignty of the Catalan people. It is an expression of democracy.
"Recent actions by the Spanish government and police are deeply concerning. What has the Government in Madrid to fear from a democratic vote on the future of Catalonia by the people of Catalonia?
"The presence of European and National parliamentarians as observers this weekend is an important act not just in support of Catalan self-determination but in support of democracy itself."