”People crying, injured and bloodied while queuing at polling booths. Scuffles and confrontations between peaceful citizens and the riot police. Ballot boxes being confiscated by agents in ski-masks.

As voting takes place for the independence referendum in Catalonia, the Spanish state is stepping up its repression, sending in the heavily armored Guardia Civil to prevent people from casting their vote and closing polling stations.

This is not some country in the Global South that the corporate media likes to portray as backward and authoritarian. This is Spain under Mariano Rajoy, a major Western European country that is part of the European Union, which always likes to praise itself for its supposed freedoms and democracy.



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