Catala by Josep Renalias is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Generic Unported

The fallout from the Catalan Independence Referendum has been widely publicised over the last few days, and rightly so. We’ve all seen the horrendous videos and images that came out throughout the region over the course of Sunday, and the unnecessary force that was used against the general public.

If you were unaware of the situation in Catalonia, and watched these videos, I can’t even comprehend what kind of idea a person would imagine that could possibly justify the kind of violence that was exhibited throughout the day, by those that are meant to uphold the law no less. These people weren’t rioting, they weren’t looting, they were simply poling votes.

What makes this even more senseless is that if this vote was “illegal”, and had no official standing, then why did the Spanish Government feel the need to be the aggressors. All they needed to do was allow the vote to go ahead, take the information, then do as all politicians do and lie, tell the people they weighed up their opinion and at the end of the day Catalonia will remain part of Spain.

Also, according to some rumours, the majority would have leaned towards remaining part of Spain anyway. So what sense did any of Sunday make? If the people had voted to remain, then this would be a dead subject. The protests would still continue, but those wanting independence would have had to have accepted the inevitable that the majority do not want independence.

All Mariano Rajoy has accomplished is to open up a much larger divide between Spain and Catalonia. With over 800 people reportedly suffering injuries, it shows the sheer arrogance of Rajoy that he hasn’t already tendered his resignation.

Disagreeing with a Referendum is one thing, but Rajoy has perfomed as a dictator over this matter. Sending in his militia to bully the public, to silence their voices and opinions.

The provocation was apparent even in La Liga fixtures involving teams from the Catalan region. Barcelona and Las Palmas was played behind closed doors, with the away side having stitched the Spanish flag and the date on the crest of their kit for the match.

With Espanyol playing away to Real Madrid, the Bernabeu was adorned with supports donning Spanish flags.

In an age where social media is King, with options such as “On This Day”, the images of Guardia Officers using their batons freely against the public, dragging women of all ages by their hair, and throwing them into the street like dogs, will appear every year on October 1st. It’ll be a constant reminder to Spain of their day of shame.

Today Catalonia stands proud, the people as one, as they strike against the police violence shown across the weekend.