Spain’s deputy prime minister has praised the actions of the country’s police officers to prevent an independence referendum from going ahead in Catalonia on Sunday. Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said:
“There has not been a referendum. What happened is far from being one. It was a nonsense to follow this path of irrationality (about the catalan government vote) and there is no sense in this continuing. I’m asking the Catalan Government and the political parties that belong to it to stop this irresponsibility.
“The democratic constitutional state works and has tools to make sure that the Justice decisions which protect the rights of all citizens are fulfilled. The absolute irrresponsability of the Catalan Government had to be compensated for by the professionalism of the Spanish security forces.