This video from Catalonia today shows voters, much happier to be able to vote than people in most countries, at the referendum on whether Catalonia should be independent or continue to be a part of Spain. They are happy that Spanish police violence brought in by the right-wing Madrid minority government to stop the referendum has so far not managed to stop them. This video was at the Guillem de Mont-rodon school in Vic this morning.
The Spanish government has banned Spanish national radio RNE from reporting on the referendum. The station regrets that.
According to Madrid anti-indepence daily El Pais, the Rajoy minority government plans to punish Catalan regional police for not participating in the Guardia Civil violence.
Catalan firefighters protect voters against this violence but they cannot be everywhere.
This is how Spain treats democracy. International community must act!
The author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, usually a ‘moderate’ ‘Blairite’, has spoken out against the police violence.
Jailing of separatist leaders sparks protest demonstrations in Catalonia: here.