Referendum is a direct vote in which an entire electorate accept or reject a particular proposal.
Referendum is a vote in which all the people in a country or an area give their opinion about or decide an important political or social question.
Referendum is a form of direct democracy or , more exactly:
It is pure democracy!
It is a form of democracy in which people decide initiatives directly.
An independence referendum is a type of referendum in which the citizens of a territory vote whether or not the territory should become an independent sovereign state.
Referendums can be precisely the measure for dealing with secession demands in a democratic state.
In respect for democracy many democratic countries took no action to prevent these referendums.
For example, British government jointly organized with Scotland a referendum on Scottish independence.
Also, the political leaders of Canada took no action against Quebec independence.
But, Catalan referendum is a huge threat to democracy.
Thus, right under your eyes, in a EU member country, in Spain, the government announced that Spain’s constitution forbids the referendum for Catalan secession.
Referendum as a form of pure democracy is forbidden!
The Madrid officials, announced that they do not recognize the referendum in Catalonia.
So, they denied both the legality and democratic legitimacy of this referendum on secession.
Thus, Madrid has dispatched thousands of officers of the Guardia Civil, Spanish military national police force to move upon polling station on Sunday.
Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said in a press conference that:
The police “acted professionally and in a balanced way,” ( News.ro writes).
So, very “professionally”, the policemen hit people with sticks, pulled rubber bullets and tear gas cartridges.
Catalan emergency services announced 761 injured people in Catalonia on Sunday due to the violent incidents between the police and the supporters of independence.
The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, thanked the police for acting with “firmness and serenity”.
“We have done what was required of us. We have acted, as I have said from the beginning, according to the law and only according to the law. And we have shown that our democratic state has the resources to defend itself from an attack as serious as the one that was perpetrated with this illegal referendum. Today, democracy has prevailed because we have obeyed the constitution.”
Can someone tell Mr. Prime Minister that, as long as you believe in democracy, vote is sacred ?
Referendum is pure democracy!