Shocking displays of violence
The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau has demanded Sunday afternoon, and end to “police actions against a peaceful defenceless population.”
Colau has claimed that 460 people were injured in clashes with police, violent scenes took place Sunday morning.
Violent repression of democracy by the Spanish state is democracy denied.#FrancosLegacypic.twitter.com/aNkAaWhRHe
— Declan Kearney (@DeclanKearneySF) October 1, 2017
The Spanish constitutional court said the vote is illegal, the government is doing everything they can to prevent more than five million people voting.
Videos on social media clearly show the Spanish Police hitting innocent people with batons, punching people, throwing people like rag dolls on to the ground and firing rubber bullets into a peaceful demonstration.
Welcome to Spain! You can’t vote to leave, cuz the EU pulls the strings! #CatalanReferendum pic.twitter.com/Hyz3Ntgk1E
— BostonBobblehead (@DBloom451) October 1, 2017
However, the deputy prime minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria claims that the police acted “professionally and proportionately,” despite nearly 500 people were injured and this number is likely to rise.
Who of you would like to be part of this country? #goodbye #Spain #CatalanReferendum #referendumCAT #1Oct #referendumRAC1 pic.twitter.com/40scQvNvNq
— Pere Hospital (@phospital) October 1, 2017
The mayor also said that Mariaon Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister is “a coward, hiding behind thousands of police,” she said he must be removed from office or resign.
Protecting and serving #CatalanReferendum pic.twitter.com/Z25mmX3DiB
— Ⓐdam Trout (@atrout920) October 1, 2017
Carles Puigdemont the Catalan leader, said to reporters Sunday morning: “The unjustified use of violence… by the Spanish state will not stop the will of the Catalan people.”
He added that the police crackdown was “unjustified disproportionate and irresponsible” it shows a “dreadful external image of Spain.”
Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter: Police violence against citizens in #Catalonia is shocking. The Spanish government must act to end it now.”
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Twitter: “Increasingly concerned by images from #Catalonia.
“Regardless of views on independence, we should all condemn the scenes being witnessed.”
Shocking scenes on social media show Spanish firefighters also being beaten by the Spanish Police.
The Spanish police are now beating up Catalan firefighters. This is an absolute shocker. #CatalanReferendum pic.twitter.com/zJeTATJQxJ
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) October 1, 2017
This video clearly shows Catalan Police trying to stop the Spanish Police from their agression.
Catalan Police trying to prevent Spanish Police aggression of voters.They respond with violence. #CatalanReferendumpic.twitter.com/9q1BeAVcZY
— Charles Baudry (@CharlesBaudry) October 1, 2017
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