Catalan actress Anna Maruny Castillon 'bombarded with personal threats after starring in pro-independence 'Help Catalonia' video

The Catalan independence debate continues to rumble on

The Catalan independence debate continues to rumble on

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Association of Professional Actors and Directors of Catalonia says one of its members is facing a deluge of threats and harrassment after appearing in a video which supports indepedence.

Anna Maruny Castillon, a 26-year-old from the Catalan city of Girona, appeared in a video message entitled 'Help Catalonia' which was published by pro-independence organisation Omnium Cultural.

In the video, which can be seen below, Castillon says Catalonia stands for "freedom, democracy and human rights" and her people are merely "passivists" who are suffering from Spanish aggression.

The video went viral following its publication last week, receiving almost 2 million views on Youtube. But it has also prompted a string of other videos from Spanish loyalists, decrying its message and attempting to debunk the claims it makes.

Following the video Castillon's mother has attempted to clarify her role in the video, saying "she hasn't done anything for her political position. For her it's a job like any other."

However the actors' association has now published a message, which claims Castillo has been the victim of personal attacks following the video.

The message reads: "In light of the bullying received by one of our members for her work as an actress in a video which denounces the repression of liberties in Catalonia, the AADPC makes clear that it will always defend the honour and professionalism of its members.

"With this in mind we reject any aggression and bullying that our professionals may receives, and even more so if this relates to their job. In addition we state clearly that we take appropriate legal measures against any person or entity who attempts to harm them."