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‘There must be investigations and prosecutions’ of alleged police racism during lockdowns

Issued on: 29/06/2020 – 12:42Modified: 29/06/2020 – 12:48

As Amnesty publishes a report detailing allegations of police racial discrimination during coronavirus lockdowns, Spain’s former Justice Minister tells FRANCE 24 that the claims must be investigated, and if proven, prosecuted. Juan Fernando Lopez-Aguilar, chair of the EU Parliament’s Justice and Civil Liberties committee, also calls for abuses of civil liberties during EU states’ coronavirus responses, to be punished, if proven.

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As Spain and other states re-impose localised lockdowns after initially relaxing their restrictions, the Spanish MEP defends the re-opening of internal EU borders, saying that without the Schengen visa-free travel zone, “there is no recovery”.

Finally, as EU heads of state try to thrash out a multi-billion Euro deal to restart the continent’s economy, Lopez-Aguilar says that EU solidarity is essential because “this is nobody’s fault – there are no culprits here, only victims of the coronavirus crisis”.

Produced by Isabelle Romero, Mathilde Bénézet and Perrine Desplats.

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