Police violence at Valencia protests to be investigated

Union files counter complaint against student leader

The Valencia prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that it would open an investigation into the roles played by police officers during recent student protests over education cuts, when around 20 people were detained and several dozen injured.

The inquiry was opened after the region’s United Left (IU) coalition and the Cercle Obert organization filed complaints alleging that police used excessive force in trying to keep the students from demonstrating.

Television images from protests held during the last week of February show police roughing up students — most of them minors — at the time of their arrests.

The students had called the demonstrations to protest the recent cuts made by Alberto Fabra’s Popular Party (PP) regional government.

At the same time, the police union CEP filed a counter complaint with the district attorney against Valencia Student Federation (Faavem) president Alberto Ordóñez for organizing the violent protests.

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