Rabat - On October 1, tension mounted in the northern Spanish region of Catalonia as police intervened to stop a referendum on independence from taking place. Thousands of local residents showed up to cast their vote and partake in the democratic process that would decide the fate of their relations with Spain. The referendum, however, renewed tension between Spain’s capital Madrid and Catalonia’s local government. It was held despite Madrid’s crackdown but police intervention left several people injured; voters were pictured with bloodied faces and torn clothes.

Mariano Rajoy, Spain, Catalonia