The vote for an independent Catalonia has brought police from all over Spain to violently stop it.
When you hear Liberals extoll “democracy” always remember what that meant for voters for an independent Catalonia. Remember the pictures of bloody faces because that is the future of “democracy.” Democracy is supposed to legitimize government, but it always assumed a jurisdictional boundary. If a majority of the residents of the region believe they have the right to vote on an independent Catalonia, how does the rest of Spain get the authority to prohibit that vote?
The Associated Press reports, “Violence mars Catalonia independence vote, hundreds hurt.”
Catalonia’s defiant bid to hold a referendum on independence from Spain degenerated into ugly scenes of mayhem on Sunday, with more than 800 people injured as riot police attacked peaceful protesters and unarmed civilians gathered to cast their ballots in a show of force the regional president decried as “another shameful page” in the Spanish government’s history with the region.
Speaking in Barcelona after polls closed, Catalan president Carles Puigdemont said he would keep his pledge to declare independence unilaterally if the “yes” side wins the disputed vote, adding: Catalonia has “won the right to become an independent state.”
Hundreds of police armed with truncheons and rubber bullets were sent in from other regions to confiscate ballots and stop the voting, and amateur video showed some officers dragging people out of polling stations by the hair, throwing some down stairs, kicking them and pushing them to the ground. Anguished, frightened screams could be heard.
Police were acting on a judge’s orders to stop the referendum, which the Spanish government had declared illegal and unconstitutional — and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said going forward with the vote only served to sow divisions.
In a televised address after the majority of polls closed Sunday, he thanked the Spanish police, saying they had acted with “firmness and serenity” — comments sure to anger Catalans.
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