Independence Brings Violence in Catalonia
On Sunday October 1st, peaceful protestors and civilians were attacked by Spanish riot police while trying to vote for independence, leaving 800 unarmed Catalonians injured. Sunday was the day which 90% of the 2.26 million Catalonian voters said “yes” to independence. Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont promised before the vote that he would declare them an independent state if the majority voted “yes” to independence. He said they had “won the right to become an independent state” and that Spain would not be looked favorably on in Catalonian history. Both sides are sinking their claws into Barcelona, the claimed capital of Catalonia and one of Spain’s most famous cities. The violence displayed by Spanish police was under orders a judge gave to stop the referendum, but was declared illegal by the Spanish government. It is still up in the air what will happen if Catalonia makes good on their promises of independence.
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