90% of the 2.26 million Catalans who voted on Sunday voted in favour of independence, according to preliminary results released by the region’s government. The region has 5.3 million voters. Officials said 770,000 votes were lost due to disruption which resulted in polling stations being raided by Spanish police.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence.
He said the door was open to a unilateral declaration of independence after Catalan officials said voters had backed secession with a 42.3% turnout. Spain's government has warned it could suspend Catalan autonomy. The constitutional court banned the vote and almost 900 people were hurt as police tried to stop it going ahead.
Officers from the national police and paramilitary Civil Guard seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Catalans had been fooled into taking part in an illegal vote. More than 2.2 million people were reported to have voted, according to Catalan authorities, out of 5.3 million registered voters. Just under 90% of those who voted backed independence, they said. A Catalan spokesman said more than 750,000 votes could not be counted because polling stations were closed and urns were confiscated. Given the chaotic nature of the vote, the turnout and voting figures should be taken with a pinch of salt, says the BBC's Tom Burridge in Barcelona. What have Catalan and Spanish leaders said? "With this day of hope and suffering, the citizens of Catalonia have won the right to an independent state in the form of a republic," Mr Puigdemont said in a televised address.
"My government in the next few days will send the results of today's vote to the Catalan parliament, where the sovereignty of our people lies, so that it can act in accordance with the law of the referendum." A conflict has broken out in Europe out that will change warfare as we know it. Dissident Australian journalist, who used his keyboard to humble the almighty western powers, describes the Catalan vs. Madrid people’s war as the first internet war. We are all soldiers of fortune now. For the first time in history, electronic warfare involves everyone regardless of age, gender or location. The pioneers of internet warfare are the Catalan peoples. Like the Basques and other breakaway regions in Europe from the Basques to Donbass in Ukraine, the Catalan seeks independence. The peoples of the province situated on the borders of France seek to end Madrid and Brussels oppression. Assange noted that Catalan citizens and provincial government use the Internet to organize a referendum on independence, while Spanish intelligence conducts information attacks, freezing telecommunications networks, occupying communication buildings and censoring hundreds of websites and Internet protocols. According to the founder of WikiLeaks, what is happening in Catalonia is the largest conflict in the West between people and the state since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“I call on all our supporters everywhere, including specialists, to help expose and circumvent the practices of the Guardia Civil and the National Intelligence Centre, which are used to illegally censor the press, the voters and the government of Catalonia,” Assange concluded. The authorities of Catalonia on October 1 intend to hold a referendum on independence, which does not recognize Madrid. The Constitutional Court of Spain suspended all documents on the voting procedure adopted by the Generalitet and the Catalan Parliament, declaring their actions illegal. The Catalan, one of the Mediterranean region’s most productive provinces, enjoys a separate culture, identity, and history. The Catalan does not consider themselves to be Spanish. Independence is their aim. On Sunday, despite the Madrid regime use of electronic warfare to shut the referendum down, the Catalan are fighting back with their keyboards. On the face of it, the plebiscite for most is a sideshow. They are mistaken. Former President of independent Costa Rica says, “The internet is the hope of the integrated world without frontiers, a peoples world without controlling owners, a world of opportunities and equality. This is the utopia that we have been dreaming about and is a world in which each and every one of us are protagonists of a destiny that we have in our hands.” Government controlled mainstream media can no longer influence electors as it once did. Julian Assange adds: “This generation is burning the mass media to the ground. We are reclaiming our rights to world history.”
People across the world are waking up to the power of the keyboard, which can humble mainstream media, thwart the repressive police practices, overthrow the government, and give the people a voice in their affairs.