Spain: Catalonia Referendum Begins in a Chaotic Fashion

Catalonia separatist leader Arnaldo Otegi with the separatist activists. Photo: Screenshot from Otegi’s tweet on 30 September
Catalonia separatist leader Arnaldo Otegi with the separatist activists. Photo: Screenshot from Otegi’s tweet on 30 September

The Catalan referendum for independence has begun. It has begun in a chaotic fashion. Thousands of police deployed all over Catalonia are attempting to stop the referendum from taking place.

The Spanish police have engaged in clashes with the separatists in various places. The central government of Spain pledged to prevent the vote from taking place.

The police are attempting to prevent voters from entering the vote centers. The Catalan government has expected a big turnaround in spite of the government attempts, chaos, and violence.

The Spanish police sealed off most public buildings assigned for Catalan independence referendum. The Spanish constitution court has banned the Catalan independence referendum.

The Catalan government wants to break away from Spain and the early morning condition at vote centers predicts that separatists are way too determined to participate in the referendum defying unprecedented pressure from the central government side.

Tens of thousands of Catalonians took to the street in support of the referendum on Saturday and thousands of voters camped inside and outside the vote centers daring the police orders.

The vote was due to start at 9 AM in the local time but the Catalonian leaders urged the supporters to gather in the vote centers within 5 AM as threats to impede vote was looming from the government side.

The separatists gathered thousands in number outside the polling stations to defend the referendum in response to the urge by the local Separatists leaders.

Earlier on the day before the referendum date, thousands of supporters occupied more than 160 schools in Catalonia to ensure they are open when the vote is due to cast.

Catalonia also braced anti-separation march as thousands of others took to the street on Saturday to protest against the referendum carrying banners read “Catalonia in Spain”.

Earlier the farmers of Catalonia gathered columns of tractors carrying the lone-star Catalonian flag to prevent police from deterring the historic referendum outside the polling stations.


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