Spanish police closed 319 polling stations in a referendum in Catalonia

  • Spanish police closed 319 polling stations in a referendum in Catalonia

Barcelona: Representative of the Catalonia Government, Jordi Turull and Negre, said that the Spanish police closed 319 polling stations during the referendum for independence of the region.

"The people cannot vote normally, because the police closed 319 polling stations, in addition, 465 people were injured. This is a true international scandal. The actions of Spain are a disgrace to Europe, "he said.

He noted that the Spanish government will answer for its actions in international courts.

"The Spanish state will have to answer before the international courts. Very influential leaders have already expressed their concern and bewilderment in the face of police violence towards people, "Turull and Negre said.

Today, on October 1, the Catalan authorities are holding a referendum on independence from Madrid.

The police used rubber bullets and special means against the voters, and also by force draws residents from polling stations, using physical force. On the part of the police, 12 law enforcers were injured. Overall, 465 people were injured in the skirmishes.

In turn, the president of the Government of the Catalonia region Carles Puigdemont said that the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Spain are using violence against the voters. The Spanish police seized several ballot boxes for a referendum in Terragona and other cities in Catalonia.

The majority of the members of the local Government already voted in the referendum, despite the fact that the central government of Spain is trying in every possible way to disrupt the holding of the referendum. In particular, the police seized the printed ballots on the eve. However, local residents were allowed to come to any work site and even with their own printed bulletins.

The law on the referendum of the Parliament of Catalonia adopted on September 6 this year. But the Constitutional Court of Spain suspended the operation of this law. That is, the result of the referendum, which is to be held, will not be recognized by the official Madrid.

Catalonia has long sought to win wide powers from Madrid. Someone speaks about independence, someone - about broad autonomy. As the polls show, for the independence of Catalonia, less than half of the population advocates, while for autonomy - more than 80% of citizens.

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