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Catalan Referendum Shows The Fragility of Liberal Democracies

Jalil Javed- 02/10/17

The majority of Catalans who took part in this Sunday’s referendum to secede from the confederation Spain have voted for autonomy from Spain, the Catalan government has reported.

More than two million Catalans, or 90.09% of the individuals who voted, said ‘Yes’ in Sunday’s choice, provincial specialists said. Just 7.87%, or 176,565 voters, said ‘No’ when inquired as to whether they want to achieve autonomy from Madrid.

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The Catalan government said the outcome reflects just the tallies that “were not seized” amid police attacks on surveying stations for the duration of the day.

“What kind of a democracy steals ballot boxes?” asked Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras, remaining alongside government delegates, Raul Romeva and Jordi Turull.

“We will be consistent with the democratic mandate that citizens have given us today,” he added. “Catalonia has won its right to be a new Republic, if this is what the Parliament decides..”

Of Catalonia’s 5.34 million voters, this speaks to a turnout of around 42.3 percent, barring those whose tickets were appropriated and individuals who were kept from voting by police.

The enormous police crackdown “kept” an expected 770,000 individuals from voting, Catalan government board part Turull said amid the vote result declaration

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Romeva noticed that amid Sunday’s occasions, “everybody saw that on one side we saw brutality and disgrace, and on the other, we had majority rule government and respect.”

“All the repression falls absolutely on the side of the government of Rajoy and the police forces that have been brought in for this purpose,” Romeva stated, as indicated by La Vanguardia.

The leader of the territorial government, Carles Puigdemont, prior lauded the valor a huge number of Catalan individuals, who, regardless of a vicious police crackdown, took to the surveying stations to vote.

No less than 844 individuals were harmed on Sunday due to being assaulted by police as they were practicing their equitable ideal to vote. In the meantime, 33 officers were harmed in conflicts with voters, the Spanish inside service declared.

Subsequent to polling stations in Catalonia being shut, Spain’s Prime Minister reported that “no submission” occurred in the nation, asserting the larger part of Catalans “complied with the law” and did not have any desire to take part in the autonomy vote after Madrid marked it “illicit” and issued a survey boycott. Rajoy commended officers for “playing out their obligation,”

Police Crackdown

People face off with Spanish Civil Guard officers outside a polling station for the banned independence referendum in Sant Julia de Ramis
People face off with Spanish Civil Guard officers outside a polling station for the banned independence referendum in Sant Julia de Ramis, Spain October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea

The Spanish government had sworn to stop a vote that was proclaimed illicit by the nation’s protected court.

Police officers kept a few people from voting, and seized vote papers and boxes at surveying stations.

In the local capital Barcelona, police utilized Batons and rubber bullets amid dissents.

Talking not long after the voting shut down at 20:00 (18:00 GMT), Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Catalans had been tricked into partaking in an unlawful vote.

The Spanish Ministry of the Interior said 12 police officers had been harmed and three individuals captured. They also reported that 92 stations had been shut.

The national police and Guardia Civil – a paramilitary power accused of police obligations – were sent into Catalonia in substantial numbers to keep the vote from occurring.

While Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau denounced police activities against what she called the district’s “exposed” populace, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said police had “acted with professionalism and proportionality”.

In Girona, heavily armed police rushed their way into a surveying station where Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was present for the purpose of casting his vote, and persuasively expelled those hoping to put their polls. Mr. Puigdemont went on to vote at another surveying station.

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