Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau tells Euronews that the police crackdown on Sunday's vote marks a turning point and will spell the demise of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Barcelona’s Mayor Ada Colau on Sunday condemned the police crackdown on Catalonia’s vote, which injured hundreds of people.
Euronews reporter Cristina Giner spoke to Colau outside a polling station, where she called on Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign.
“I’m worried, like many people, because we have been witnessing something unprecedented in democracy: an absolutely cowardly prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, who for days has not proposed anything, not offered any alternative, as he should be doing as the leader of the government. Not only that, he’s been hiding behind judges and prosecutors, and now he’s hiding behind thousands of policemen charging against a defenseless population,” Colau said.
“All the red lines have been crossed and today marks a turning point. Now I believe we’ll be thousands calling for Rajoy to resign, not only in Catalonia but across the entire country. Let’s not forget that Rajoy’s is a minority government and that’s why we must remind all political forces it’s also their responsibility to find a sensible way out of this disaster and this nonsense.”
Colau has said she wouldn’t cast a “yes” nor a “no” vote, but rather a blank ballot. She does not support separatism but says Catalans should have the right to vote.