16 Horrific Scenes That Prove All Hell Is Breaking Loose in Spain

(ANTIMEDIA) — At least 700 people attempting to vote were injured on Sunday by Spanish police, who were attempting to prevent Catalonia’s independence referendum.

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The violent clashes between Catalans and the Spanish police have led to the injuries of 216 people in Barcelona, 80 in Girona, 64 in Lleida, 53 in Terres de l’Ebre, 27 in Catalunya central, and 25 in Tarragona, according to the Catalan health ministry. Spanish police have gone so far as to physically attack Catalan firefighters and push back against Catalan police attempting to protect voters.

While many Catalans were able to successfully cast their ballots in the referendum, which was declared illegal by Spanish authorities, police violently prevented hundreds from voting for independence. Barcelona’s mayor is now calling for the Spanish prime minister to resign amid the violence and chaos. Jeremy Corbyn is calling on the Spanish government to end its “shocking” violence against Catalans who are simply trying to vote.

The Catalan government has announced that voting will end at 8pm Spanish time, except for people who are already in line at a polling station. Following the police crackdown, Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy declared during a television address that there actually was no independence vote in Catalonia on Sunday. 

“At this time I can tell you, with full clarity, what you all know and what we have seen today,’ he said.

“Today, we have not had a referendum for self-determination in Catalonia.

“Today, all the Spaniards have seen that our state rule of law keeps its strength and reality, and restricts those who wish to subvert the state of law, and acts with all the legal resources, vis a vis all provocations, and does it with efficacy and in a serene way.”

Here are 16 scenes that show Spanish police violently preventing Catalans from voting in the independence referendum:

EU parliament Brexit chief, Guy Verhofstadt, condemned what happened today in Catalonia:

I don’t want to interfere in the domestic issues of Spain but I absolutely condemn what happened today in Catalonia.

Nicola Sturgeon, the current First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, had this to add:

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  • Pieta Serfontein

    It is rather disturbing that so-called political leaders throughout Europe are not firstly in favour of a democratic process in spite of a court decision, for people to express their opinion and secondly in condemnation of the Spanish Government that chose to resort to institutionalised violence through the Police. Spain is just another symptom of a rotten political society that was created.