Joan Badia, Catalan mayor
A mayor was battered and thrown to the ground and later on accused of violent behaviour
The 66-year-old mayor of a small town, Callús (population 2.000) was assaulted by a Spanish Civil Guard policeman while he was talking to their commanding officer about the tense situation created by the Spanish police forces on the 1st of October Referendum. Later, he was summoned by the nearest court, on charges of having assaulted members of the police force.
Mr. Joan Badia, former mayor of the town of Callús (population 2.000) was assaulted by a Spanish “Guardia Civil” police officer while he was talking to their commanding officer about the tense situation created by the Spanish police forces during the 1st of October Catalan Referendum.
Mr. Joan Badia lodged a complaint with Catalan police against Guardia Civil (Spanish police) for assault, damages and theft (they took his laptop). Joan still doesn’t have the judicial response to his complaint, but a judge from Manresa decided to open an investigation on him and two other people of the region, accusing them of disobedience.
On 2 February 2018, the mayor appeared in Manresa Court No. 2 on a supposed disobedience offence to Guardia Civil. Around 200 people accompanied and supported him.
Finally, the investigation was dismissed because the prosecuting authorities didn’t find sufficient evidence to accuse Joan Badia and they explained that the version of the events was confusing.
Footage of the assault to Mr. Joan Badia
In a similar way to other mayors in small towns of Catalonia, Mr. Badia intended to take up a mediating role between the gatherings of citizens wanting to defend the polling stations during the 1st October 2017 Referendum and Spanish police agents. He was to encounter physical violence against him and later on a summons accusing him of disobedience, reminiscent of the similar treatment of two other mayors and a city hall councillor in his area.
Mr. Joan Badia during his intervention at the Catalan Trial (14/05/2019)
In this case, Manresa’s Court No. 2 has settled that there is no reason to press formal charges against the mayor. Other similar cases related with the events that took place on October 1st remain to be settled, while the progress of the claim that Mr. Badia lodged against the Guardia Civil for assault is also uncertain.
Spain has not launched any investigation into searching for the true events that took place on October 1st. Therefore, people are lodging claims on a personal basis against the Guardia Civil and the National Police for their assaults against municipal authorities, old people and the citizens that were sitting in front of the schools (polling stations) in order to defend their right to vote. Each one of these claims depends on the settlement adopted by the corresponding court.
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