Mariano Rajoy Brey, the Prime Minister of Spain, must answer for what happened during the Sunday referendum in Catalonia, said Nicolás Maduro Moros, the President of Venezuela, on October 2 during his television show, RIA Novosti News Agency reports.
“Rajoy must answer to the world for what happened today to people in Catalonia,” the Venezuelan president said during his weekly television show.
Maduro slammed the actions of the National Police and Civil Guard of Spain, which interfered with holding of the referendum.
“Catalonia has the right to [decide the future of its] democracy,” said the Venezuelan leader in solidarity with the people of Catalonia.
Last Sunday, the Catalans voted in a referendum on independence from Spain. The Spanish Government and the Constitutional Court did not accept this vote as an act of direct democracy. Most of the polling stations (2,315) were reportedly blocked by the Ministry of the Interior of Spain. During the raids, the police seized documents and ballot boxes and kept protesters away from the polling stations. The Public Administration of Catalonia reports that more than 800 people were injured in clashes with the police.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency