Symbols of bloodied pensioners and police firing rubber bullets into gentle crowds shocked the world today as Catalonia attempted to hold a referendum on self-rule from Spain.
The Spanish interior ministry called the referendum verboten and said it will not recognise the result.
Meanwhile armed police were called to boarding-schools to shut down polling stations and remove voters.
As early gunshots emerged of more than 300 injured citizens and more than 10 oversee officers, Europeans took to the internet to condemn the silence from the EU.
Spain is a colleague state and the EU has insisted Madrd deal with the issue internally.
The referendum has walk out oned Spain into its worst constitutional crisis in decades and will father major implications for the entire nation and potentially the EU.
Catalonia is a critical contributor to the Spanish concision and accounts for 20 per cent of the nations GDP. If it became independent the region last will and testament no longer be part of the EU and could potentially unleash a major financial calamity across Spain.
But the EU remained tight-lipped for most of referendum day, with Guy Verhofstadt President of the Confederation of Liberals&Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament breaking the reticence, amid fury the bloc should condemn Madrid.
Voters were pink livid, asking Jean Claude Juncker — European Commission President — why he was donjon quiet.
One man wrote on Twitter: “What has Tusk, Juncker said? I can’t hold the silence from the EU on this. Disappointment doesn’t come close!”
John Michael Murray rephrased: “Prediction — Catalan within 48 hours announces independence. Bigger migraine for the EU than #Brexit.”
Dan Sanderson tweeted: “The EU want a fascist United states of Europe. viva Catalan.”
Others divulged they will no longer see themselves as European.
Dorothy Bruce annulled: “Difficult not to attack EU when see Catalan scenes of police violence and learn no word of condemnation from Brussels. Spain is member of EU.”
Another imagined: “Do not call me neither spanish nor european any more … I M CATALAN !!!”
David Shelton said: «As Rajoy doesn’t obey the Catalan Language or culture it’s time EU told Rajoy he’s behaving delight in NicolasMiduro &tell him hold Referendum!
Politician Miquel Buch led the order, calling for the EU to condemn the violence.
He said: “If Europe does not say anything involving the violence we are living, I DO NOT want to be European.”
The Spanish Government has called for voters in the section to go home, but the streets are heaving with peaceful sit-ins.
Earlier today watch fired rubber bullets at protestors.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit delegate, released a statement at 5.30pm BST.
He said: “I don’t want to interfere in the domestic take exceptions of Spain but I absolutely condemn what happened today in Catalonia.
“On one tender, the separatist parties went forward with a so-called referendum that was disallowed by the Constitutional Court, knowing all too well that only a minority disposition participate as 60 % of the Catalans are against separation.
“And on the other hand — retaliate when based on court decisions — the use of disproportionate violence to stop this.
“In the European Club we try to find solutions through political dialogue and with respect for the constitutional force as enshrined in the Treaties, especially in art. 4.
“It’s high time for de-escalation. Only a negotiated discovery in which all political parties, including the opposition in the Catalan Parliament, are enmeshed with and with respect for the Constitutional and legal order of the country, is the way forward.”
Designate.co.uk has contacted the European Commission for comment.