A few days of silence and one reluctant generic press release later, the European Commission’s First Vice-President is the first ranking EU-executive to speak out in person about Spain’s use of Federal state violence against a peaceful and democratic initiative in Catalonia:

“It is, of course, a duty for any government to uphold the rule of law, and this sometimes does require the proportionate use of force. We understand that people wanted to express their views. Freedom of expression is a fundamental right for all European citizens, and thus for all Spanish citizens. But one opinion is not more valuable than another opinion, only because it is expressed more loudly.”

The entire speech lasts about seven minutes and is a blatant attempt to either bore everyone into servitude or to induce a state of regression by talking as patronizing as humanly possible.

Oh, and about that “proportionate use of force“, this is what that looked like.