Spain: Protesters make a stand for police following referendum in Barcelona

Around 100 protesters gathered to show their support for Spanish police outside government offices in Barcelona on Wednesday evening, making a stand in defence of the police’s handling of the Catalan independence referendum. The protesters called for Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to be sent to prison and for the Spanish government to apply article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to strip... Еще Catalan of its current semi-autonomy. Participants at the protest did not see Sunday's violence as police violence but rather believed that the Spanish authorities were simply doing their job. Protester and president of the organisation 'Los Catalanes por la Ley y el Seny' (The Catalans for the Law and the Lord) said that if the police had really wanted to hurt people, «there would have not been two injured» but rather deaths. She also described the Catalan referendum as a «coup d'etat». Catalonia held a referendum on October 1 to decide on the region's independence, however the Spanish government deemed the action 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'. At least 893 people and 33 police officers were reportedly injured in violent confrontations between voters and Spanish police who attempted to stop Catalans from voting at polling stations.

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