Spanish police complain that jailed Catalan politicians get better food than them

July 31, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Spanish police unions have claimed that meals for officers on special duty in Catalonia are worse than those offered to Catalan politicians spending the festive season in jail.

“Criminals get better treatment”, the main National Police union, SUP, said in a tweet posted along with a photograph of some croquettes and a plate of pasta next to a media report of the Christmas menu that Catalonia’s former vice president, Oriol Junqueras, was due to enjoy in a Madrid jail.

Mr Puigdemont and Catalonia’s deposed interior chief, Joaquim Forn, tucked into Christmas Eve consommé soup, entrecote steak and profiteroles.

Meanwhile, police officers on board the ferry Rhapsody, moored in Barcelona’s port since Catalonia’s political crisis flared up in September, posted photographs of heavily fried starters and and mashed potato. 

“This is the meal they have given our colleagues stationed in Barcelona and who are on the boat. Do you find this acceptable or does it make you ashamed like me? What a Christmas Eve they’re having, for God’s sake”, tweeted the spokesman of SIPE, another police union.

According to Spanish government sources quoted by news agency EFE, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido had launched an “immediate investigation” into the claims of poor treatment for the detachment of police officers who remain in Catalonia three months after an illegal referendum on independence for the region saw violent incidents involving security forces.

But the Christmas meal row is not the first time that police unions have complained about the conditions their members are forced to endure on ferries, including complaints about a lack of leisure options and “unhygienic” and “low-quality” food.