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Drawdown of police forces in Catalonia signals central government confidence, but election campaign will present protest risks

28 November 2017


Spain’s Ministry of the Interior has in recent days removed about half of the additional police officers it had deployed to Catalonia as part of Operation Copernico.

That operation was initiated at the time of the partial suspension of Catalan political autonomy under Spain’s constitutional article 155 on 21 October to mitigate protest risk and the possibility that the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police force might not comply with direct Spanish central government rule. Government sources cited in Spanish mass circulation daily El País said that approximately 3,000 of 6,000 officers of the nationally controlled Guardia Civil and Policia Nacional who had been deployed from other parts of Spain to Catalonia had now returned to their home postings.

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