Diaspora: Human Rights Watch perspective on police violence and the Catalan referendum, one year later

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Catalonia independence referendum — a day on which millions of Catalans, expressing themselves peacefully, were met with violence by Spanish police and security services.

To mark the occasion, we are pleased to launch Diaspora, the podcast of the Catalonia America Council (CAC). In our inaugural episode we spoke with Kartik Raj of Human Rights Watch.

Kartik is the author of last year’s HRW report which found Spanish police used excessive force during the 2017 independence referendum. During the tumultuous days following the referendum, he traversed Catalonia, interviewing scores of people as he investigated. One year later, we sat down with him to get his thoughts on the report, and his impressions of those impactful days. You can find the podcast here.

Photo by Jordi Borràs

The CAC is grateful to A Sound of Thunder for their permission to use Els Segadors (The Reapers) during the introduction to the podcast.