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‘Not European anymore’ Furious Catalans slam EU for silence over police violence in Spain

SILENCE from the European Union in the face of a violent referendum in Spain has been condemned with one furious politician saying he no longer wants to be European.

Images of bloodied pensioners and police firing rubber bullets into peaceful crowds shocked the world today as Catalonia attempted to hold a referendum on independence from Spain.The Spanish interior ministry called the referendum illegal and said it will not recognise the result.

Meanwhile armed police were called to schools to shut down polling stations and remove voters.

As early reports emerged of more than 300 injured citizens and more than 10 police officers, Europeans took to the internet to condemn the silence from the EU.

Spain is a member state and the EU has insisted Madrd deal with the issue internally.

The referendum has thrown Spain into its worst constitutional crisis in decades and will have major implications for the entire nation and potentially the EU.

Catalan voters were dragged from a polling stationAFP•GETTY

Catalan voters dragged by police as EU condemned for not speaking out

But the EU remained tight-lipped for most of referendum day, with Guy Verhofstadt President of the Alliance of Liberals&Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament breaking the silence, amid fury the bloc should condemn Madrid.

Voters were left livid, asking Jean Claude Juncker – European Commission President – why he was keeping quiet.

One man wrote on Twitter: “What has Tusk, Juncker said? I can’t believe the silence from the EU on this. Disappointment doesn’t come close!”

John Michael Murray said: “Prediction – Catalan within 48 hours announces independence. Bigger headache for the EU than #Brexit.”

Dan Sanderson tweeted: “The EU want a fascist United states of Europe. viva Catalan.”

Others said they will no longer see themselves as European.

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Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit envoy, released a statement at 5.30pm BST.
He said: “I don’t want to interfere in the domestic issues of Spain.

What an hypocrite, this is the man that wants a federal Europe with everything ruled from Brussels.
You cannot trust the EU 1 iota.
The rest of Europe will be envious of Britain when we finally rid ourselves of the shackles.

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