Posted 02 October 2017 - 11:57 PM
Before anything I want to make clear that I oppose the referendum of independance of catalonia and tho I'll try to be as neutral as possible replying here it is possible that bias may slip through.
As a person living in Spain altho not in the autonomy of Catalonia I'll explain the following, the referendum was not "proclaimed" to be illegal, it was judged to be illegal by the courts as it violated several laws that would guarantee fairness in such a referendum, for example: that no public funds may be used by authorities for campaign purposes which has resulted in several members of the catalonian autonomic goverment to be under investigation for emblezlement of said public funds. The entire referendum itself has been used by the separatist members to cause spite for years now and they've shown many times that they do not care to follow law in this regard, even the laws of their own autonomic constitution.
The results themselves show how haphazardly the organization of it has been, with people taking pictures of themselves voting more than once at different locations each, some even managing to vote up to 4 times or that Michael Jackson voted "No" using the online voting system. Even if we decide to ignore these issues, the 90% figure (give or take) that have voted "yes" to said independance is not really significat when less than 43% of the total census voted, particulary when of those that didn't go some didn't want to participate in an illegal referendum and others are actually afraid of expressing their dissaproval of the separation due to fear of how they'll be treated later by neighbours, friends and work colleagues as this particular political issue seems to be highly sensitive.
Now, for the police intervetion at the sites and the violence that ensued. It was ordered by the courts that the "Mossos D'escuadra" (the police of the autonomic region of Catalonia) to confiscate the voting urns as they are still a police force that has to abide by spanish law, but unfortunately some decided to perform this task with the least ammount of effort as they simply showed up, asked a few questions and decided to state that "they could not reach the places to confiscate the material" which resulted in the police forces of the Guardia Civil and Policía Nacional to take over said tasks. As they proceded with this task they met with scalating resistance and violence ensued from this and said violence scalated further into severe confrontations that resulted in a lot of people getting injured. Do I agree with the use of force? This is loaded question as you expect the police to do their job but how are they supposed to do their job without using force when people obstruct them by either blocking their way and refusing to move or by holding down the urn with force or even throwing said urns to the officers when they can't old on to them any longer?
Now, as far as my opinion goes for the matter of the actual referendum itself, I would not oppose it if it weren't for the fact that the reasons they're calling for independance are based on lies that essentially depict Spain as an enemy of Catalonia that has been leeching of its wealth and mistreating the catalonians when it has been the catalonian schools that have been indoctrinating the teachings that Spain is "stealing" from them while in many schools they've severely limited the classes given in Spanish resulting in complaints from non catalonian parents that have moved there. And it has been the catalonian autonomic goverment that has cut the budgets of their hospitals while they still mantain the costs of having Catalonian "Embassies".
There's always some dirt to dig out