Catalonia: Thousands take to streets of Barcelona to protest crackdown on separatists

Civil war has been predicted for Spain.

Catalonia: Thousands take to streets of Barcelona to protest crackdown on separatists:

Spanish police scuffled with dozens of pro-secession activists and seized 10 million ballot papers

Tens of thousands poured onto the streets of central Barcelona and further afield in Catalonia, outraged at the escalating crackdown on a separatist-led referendum on independence for the region on 1 October that saw 14 local government officials arrested, including the region’s deputy vice president.

According to police, about 4,000 demonstrators gathered near the office of vice president Josep Maria Jove, who is also secretary-general of Catalonia’s economic affairs, to chant “we will vote” in a referendum deemed illegal by the central Madrid government and Spain’s constitutional court.

Outside the headquarters of pro-independence party Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), riot police were called to control thousands of mainly young demonstrators who cried “occupation forces out” and “the streets are ours”.

H/t reader eric:

“Not over by a long chalk…

The wishes of the majority of Catalonians to be independent from both Spain & the EU have been denied by those appointed to represent them. Just like in Ireland.”

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