Catalan Independence Referendum
On October 1st, 2017 the Catalan Independence Movement managed to hold a referendum to decide if Catalunya should break with Spain. The Spanish state tried to prevent the referendum judicially, as well as with police forces. Protest shattered the region. Pro- and anti-referendum demonstrations were held. On September 30th activists occupied schools to assure they could by used as voting booths the next day. On October 1st brutal force was used by police trying to get into occupied schools. Many were hurt. The referendum was followed by a general strike that led to a shutdown of public life in Barcelona on October 3rd. All pictures can be licensed via IMAGO.