Spanish police issue plea for reinforcements, saying Catalan harassment ‘bad as ETA heyday’

A union of Spain’s Guardia Civil called on Tuesday for urgent reinforcements in Catalonia, accusing the government in Madrid of “abandoning” them to “harassment” it said had reached the level of ETA’s heyday.

Amid anger on Catalan streets over the violent police crackdown on Sunday’s banned independence referendum which left almost 900 injured, the Union of Guardia Civil Officers said agents were being “harassed, manipulated and vilified by the citizens that they serve”.