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.
Police violence against citizens in #Catalonia is shocking. The Spanish government must act to end it now.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) 1 October 2017
Here’s Spain’s interior ministry bragging that its military police have have sabotaged access to the Catalan government’s electoral system so polling stations can’t check whether someone has already voted somewhere else. https://t.co/Qi8ZCtre6Z pic.twitter.com/jS6K9au7D7
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) 1 October 2017