On October 1st 2017, an unofficial vote took place in Catalonia over whether or not the region should break away from Spain and become an independent country. Organized and supported by Carles Puigdemont, the leader of the Catalan region, this referendum was reported to have more than 2.2 million people vote. According to the Catalan authorities, just under 90% of those who voted backed independence. However, Spain’s Prime Minister Rajoy said he would trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution to respond to such result, which means the Spanish government would take over from the leaders in Catalonia without their permission.
But before the Spanish Government could do this, the Catalonian parliament held a vote and declared independence. The national Spanish courts soon banned the vote and the government sent national police to the area to prevent it from happening. Violence erupted between those who wanted to vote and the authorities trying to stop it. People in Spain as well as all over the world are shocked by how violent this situation became. Till now more than 900 people were hurt, including 33 police officers.