I Vote. Therefore I Must Be Beaten, Tear-Gassed and Shot At. Spanish Edition.

If nothing else, Spain now has a publicity nightmare on its hands.  But its violent attempts to suppress an vote — illegal as they claim or not — seem like they can only serve to make the resolve of Catalans (Catalonians?) for independence all that much firmer.  If the majority of Catalans were not for independence before today they are much more likely to be after what is happening today.

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What’s next? Tanks?

— Franco ha Vuerto (@FrancisVolvio) October 1, 2017

Check out the police person at 00:26 approaching and batoning someone completely randomly.

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Pulling a woman by the hair at 00:30+.

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Beating people sitting down doing nothing, then shooting rubber bullets.

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— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 1, 2017

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— The Pileus (@thepileus) October 1, 2017

It’s not just in one place, either, as the Guardian reports:

The Catalan health ministry has provided more details on the 465 people injured by police violence: 216 were hurt in Barcelona, 80 in Girona, 64 in Lleida, 53 in Terres de l’Ebre, 27 in Catalunya central and 25 in Tarragona.

The two most seriously injured are in hospitals in Barcelona.