In principle, the referendum is legal, but, as the example of Scotland has shown, it must be held in agreement with Madrid. However, the central government must finally end the blockade of dialogue,said Lunacek.
Like all democrats in Europe, I am shocked by the deteriorating situation in Catalonia. I condemn the use of rubber bullets and batons by Spanish security forces and call for de-escalation. Together with the Green faction in the European Parliament, I again urge the European Commission to mediate between the central government of Spain and the Catalan regional government. In the 21st century, the independence referendum should not be allowed to become a state close to civil war,noted MEP.
Earlier, Israeli parliamentarian Ksenia Svetlova, who witnessed the events in Barcelona, told the agency about the use of rubber bullets by the police.
According to her, "litter, began after the police blocked one of the stations where the vote was supposed to take place."
Without any provocation by the demonstrators, by the voters, they started shooting rubber bullets at them. There were wounded. We were right in the thick of things,Svetlova told by phone.
Such, I would say, not entirely democratic methods for dispersing demonstrators. Then, what are the demonstrators? These are people who went to the site, the site was closed, they left it and walked down the street,she continued.
The interlocutor called the police behavior aggressive.
There was absolutely no provocation, and the police are quite aggressive. Shooting rubber bullets without provocation, without warning - how to look at it? In my opinion, this is a rather aggressive act,she added.
Meanwhile, the Catalan authorities reported more than 300 victims.
The representative of the generality, Jordi Turuls, said at the briefing: “337 people were injured and injured, one is in serious condition. We urge people to go to hospitals and Catalan law enforcement agencies. ”