Catalan Police clash Spanish Civil Guards at Polling Stations. After the Catalan Police reluctantly complied with orders from the Spanish government to shut down all polling stations, the local Catalonian police have engaged in physical confrontation with the Spanish Civil Guards. The civil guards have been using excessive force to deal with protestors at polling stations across Barcelona, so the Catalan Police have decided to intervene. Videos have surfaced showing Catalan Police Force members [known as Massos] clashing with Spanish Civil Guards. The civil guards were deployed to shut down polling stations and to suppress protest across the Catalonia Region.
Algunos parecen no tenerlo nada claro. Vergonzoso. pic.twitter.com/NinygR2GMy
— AUGC Guardia Civil (@AUGC_Comunica) October 1, 2017
According to this report [The Spain], the National Police and Civil Guard have already closed down 92 polling stations in Catalonia by 5 pm. There are a total of 2,315 polling station in total across the region, which means that only 4% of the total 2,315 polling stations have been closed across the region.
Moreover, there have been reports of criminal charges being filed by national police trade unions against their Catalonian counterparts. Five National Police trade unions announced they would take legal action, via criminal complaints, against the Catalan Police (Mossos) and Mossos chief Josep Lluis Trapero for what they believe is a dereliction of duty and for preventing National Police officers from carrying out orders in Catalonia.
As Bloomberg reported, One Catalan officer was arrested during the crackdown, Sebastian Hernandez, a spokesman for the Spanish police officers’ union, said. The Catalan policeman started kicking a National Police vehicle while officers were removing ballot boxes from a polling station in Barcelona. The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said on Sunday that the Security Forces had to make up for the irresponsibility of the regional government, saying quote:
There has been no referendum nor the appearance of one.. The professionalism of the security services has had to make up for the irresponsibility of the regional government.
The Prime Minister is facing Spain’s biggest constitutional crisis since 1975, where Spain had to undergo a political settlement after the death of its dictator Francisco Franco. Francisco ruled Spain for over 36 years and the political settlement after his death gave regional administrations control of areas such as policing, health, and education. The political settlement created a centralized system for collecting and distributing tax revenue, but Catalans complain that the deal does not serve the interest of the region. Catalonia has a higher per capita GDP than the rest of Spain and effectively pays more in taxes than the rest of Spain. Many Catalonians don’t see themselves as being Spanish and would rather see an independence carry through.