The Catalan referendum
Under the police threat of sealing the electoral schools to avoid that the Catalan referendum was cellebrated, many people have occupied the schools all the weekend sleeping there during night, to keep the site opened until the Sunday 1th October. Every 12 hours the police visited each school, writing minutes of the occupation. The firefighters of Mataró with the Union of Peasants have visited all the schools of the city to remember people that they have the right to vote. On the referendum day, people went early at 5.00am in the morning to the schools to avoid the intervention of the police. While in some schools of Barcelona and Sant Julià de Ramis there have been police charges, in Mataró people were voting under the threat of receiving a visit from the Civil Guard or the National Police. The Thos i Codina Institute of Mataró has organized activities in the afternoon to gather people and avoid closure. Finally, in the city of Mataró, no ballot boxes have been requisitioned and the final count has been made, with a 90.1% vote in favor of Catalonia’s independence. After that, the Spanish Government have imprisioned the main leaders of the separatist movement, Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, also have applied the article 155 of the Constitution.