13 more teachers called to give statements regarding to charges of “incitement to hatred”, after discussing police violence from October 1st

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Photo: Students outside a school (Credit: Europa Press)

By Staff Writers

December 26th, 2017

The Public Prosecutor’s Office has called the director and twelve professors of the high school in Palau de Sant Andreu de la Barca, regarding the comments they alledgedly made to students who are children of agents of the Civil Guard, with relation to the police violence of the October 1st. Public sector sources informed NacióDigital that it is expected that the Civil Guard, acting as judicial police, will take these statements on January 4th, 5th, 8th and 10th, to clarify whether or not there has been an alleged “hate crime”. If so, the Prosecutor’s Office will file a complaint or a charge, against the teachers, before a judge.

After October 1st, eighteen families went to the town hall of Sant Andreu de la Barca to express their discomfort due to supposed comments by the teachers. The Mayor, Enric Llorga, convened a meeting on October 9th to discuss the issue. A few days before, about two hundred students had assembled in front of the school to demand “respect” for the children of civilian guards. The school denied the accusations of “indoctrination” in classrooms via a statement and asserted that it had always remained vigilant to maintaining “full coexistence in our educational community.”

The precedent in La Seu d’Urgell

This past November, eight teachers from La Seu d’Urgell were called to make statements to a judge, after having discussed the referendum and police violence of October 1st in class, accused of a possible “crime of incitement to hatred”. The judge then investigated whether the teachers had “directly incited their students […] via the commission of concrete facts including preaching discrimination, hatred, hostility or violence against groups or associations”. The families who made the denunciations, gave statements before a judge on October 18th.

The crime of incitement to hatred, which is applied in cases of xenophobia or homophobia, is punishable by the current Penal Code with imprisonment of between one and four years and with fines lasting between six and twelve months.

Original Link: https://www.naciodigital.cat/noticia/145616/citen/declarar/13/mestres/delicte/odi/tractar/classe/violencia/policial/1-o

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