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“This Is Fascism”: Shocking Footage Of Spanish Police Firing Rubber Bullets, Brutally Beating Peaceful Voters | Zero Hedge

Update (10:30 am ET): The number of people injured in clashes between pro-independence voters and riot police dispatched to the restive region by the government in Madrid has climbed to 337, including at least 11 police officers, the Daily Star reports.

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Update (10 am ET): In a statement condeming the Spanish government’s efforts to stamp out the “free expression” of the Catalan people, FC Barcelona announced that it will be playing today’s match against Las Palmas, its first of the season, behind closed doors after the Professional Football League refused to postpone it.

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Update (9:15 am ET): So far, Catalonian emergency services says that 91 people have been injured in violent clashes between Catalonians trying to vote in today’s “illegal” independence, according to AFP.

Among the injured, 11 are police officers.

 11 police officers injured in Catalonia: interior ministry 

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In scenes one would expect to see in Turkey, or some token third-world dictatorship, on Sunday morning Spanish riot police violently cracked down on the scheduled Catalan independence referendum, smashing their way into polling stations in Catalonia in a dramatic quest to shut down the banned Catalan independence referendum, as they fired rubber bullets and brutally beat peaceful people trying to vote for or against independence from a Spanish government, which many commentators this morning have called “fascist.”

Images that Madrid has been fearing as police uses force to remove young and old from voting stations. @FT

Meanwhile in Turkey…
Ah no, it’s Spain.

Scenes like this have no place in the EU

British media will not show you this:

Protesters in Madrid sing the Fascists anthem “Cara al Sol” / “Facing the Sun” 

Look at these fascist thugs. The people are peaceful. 

The Spanish police are hitting these peaceful people really hard… this is disgusting. 

Police fired rubber bullets in central Barcelona, El Periodico newspaper reported, at the intersection of two streets as violence erupted during the vote which has thrown Spain into its worst constitutional crisis for decades.

Footage of Spanish police firing rubber bullets during 

Footage of police rubber bullets used in Sabadell. 

View image on Twitter

Spanish police now firing rubber bullets at voters.

Sky News 

@SkyNewsPolice are firing rubber bullets at voters during protests as the independence referendum gets under way 

According to Reuters, Catalan emergency services said at least 38 people were hurt as a result of police action, although as the footage below shows the final number will likely be orders of magnitude greater.

As Conflicts creator Gissur Simonarson said, “Looking at the footage from Spain. It’s clear the policy got an order to break this up by any means. They are tossing ppl like rag dolls” adding that “The Spanish government has managed to turn me from indifferent/against #CatalanReferendum to a supporter.”

Didn’t understand it fully before today, but I now see why Catalan wants to be free of Spain.pic.twitter.com/1OH1fWDRPc

Gissur Simonarson 

@GissiSimLooking at the footage from Spain. It’s clear the policy got an order to break this up by any means. They are tossing ppl like rag dolls.

Police burst into the polling station in a town in Girona province minutes before Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was due to vote there. They smashed glass panels to force open the door as voters, fists in the air, sang the Catalan anthem.

Knock, knock!: – who‘s there?
Democracy!

 Officers with riot shields jostled with hundreds of voters outside one station at a school in Barcelona as the crowd chanted “We are people of peace!” Armored vans and an ambulance were parked nearby.

More footage of Spanish police beating peaceful people trying to vote.

This is what democracy looks like: People defending democracy in Sant Carles, Catalonia. 

The referendum has been declared illegal by Spain’s central government in Madrid, which says the constitution states the country is indivisible and has drafted in thousands of police from around Spain into Catalonia to prevent the vote.

The Catalan regional government had scheduled voting to open at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) at around 2,300 stations, but Madrid said on Saturday it had shut more than half of them.  Voting started at some sites in the region of 7.5 million people, which has its own language and culture and is an industrial hub with an economy larger than that of Portugal. Leader Puigdemont changed plans and voted at a different station after the police action, the regional government said.

As Reuters adds, people had occupied some stations with the aim of preventing police from locking them down. Organizers smuggled in ballot boxes before dawn and urged voters to use passive resistance against police. In a school used as a polling station in Barcelona, police in riot gear carried out ballot boxes while would-be voters chanted “out with the occupying forces!” and “we will vote!”.

Images that Madrid has been fearing as police uses force to remove young and old from voting stations. @FT

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