Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria insisted that “there has not been referendum, nor even the appearance of one,” during a press conference on Sunday afternoon in Madrid. Saenz de Santamaria affirmed that the Catalan Generalitat has acted completely irresponsibly, while law enforcement units have “obeyed the orders of justice and have applied them with professionally and... Еще proportionally.” Despite reports of serious tensions and numerous injured in protests, Saenz de Santamaria maintained that the police were only interested in seizing election materials. «Their target has never been the people, but the voting material. They have always looked after the protection of rights and freedoms,» she maintained. Referendum supporters have braced themselves for a tense day, following crackdowns by Spanish authorities on polling stations, arrests of Catalan officials and the suspension of the vote by Spain's Constitutional Court over the last weeks.