CCOO (Comisiones Obreras) is the main Spanish trade union, and its Catalan branch is part of the so-called “Democratic Roundtable,” created last week after nationwide police abuses in the days preceding the referendum.
Faced with images of police violence during Sunday afternoon’s vote, CCOO Catalonia decided to organize a protest for today: a “civic stop” to coincide with the general strike proclaimed by some minor unions that support independence. To help explain this complicated situation, we talked with Michela Albarello, from Turin, secretary of international and co-operation of Ccoo Catalonia.
“We’re taking part in the ‘civic stop,’ a ‘civic strike,’ not the general strike,” she said. “This is a protest against the repressive, brutal and disproportionate attack of Oct. 1.”