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Spanish police push people with a shield outside a polling station in Barcelona [Image: AFP/Getty Images].

The violence by Spanish police against the people of Catalonia is a harsh lesson to us all.

It shows that a government that does not accept the will of the people – we’re told 90 per cent of those who managed to vote wanted independence – is happy to harm the people who try to exercise that will.

It shows that such a government will use its police force as a political weapon to gain its own ends.

Basically, it has shown us the behaviour of a Conservative government, in the UK, in the near future.

Tories will cling onto power, no matter what. And they are becoming desperate. That is why This Writer is concerned that we will see similar scenes to those shown in the video clips that follow – not in a foreign land but here on our home soil.

Spain’s prime minister doesn’t care about democracy. We have seen recently, with their moves to rig Parliamentary committee membership and deny the result of the general election, that the Tories don’t care about democracy either.

So take careful note of what happened in Catalonia. It could happen on your doorstep soon.

This woman is saying Spanish police deliberately broke her fingers, one by one:

The above is a very good question – but then, the BBC initially chose not to show the violence being carried out on the orders of the Spanish prime minister, and came under fire for it:

Catalan emergency officials say 761 people have been injured as police used force to try to block voting in Catalonia’s independence referendum.

The Spanish government had pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country’s constitutional court.

Police officers prevented some people from voting, and seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations.

In the regional capital Barcelona, police used batons and fired rubber bullets during pro-referendum protests.

Read more: Catalan referendum: ‘Hundreds hurt’ as police try to stop voters


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