In the wake of the referendum, in which 90% voted for independence, Catalans now refer to the Spanish police as an occupation force.
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Insurrection Comments from Eurointelligence
We don't think it's an exaggeration to call what has been going on in Catalonia for the past four weeks – not four days – an insurrection. After the show of popular mobilization at Sunday's independence vote, the next step is a "national stoppage" today.
There have also been serious incidents between Spanish security forces and the public which, though limited so far, could easily escalate. People are beginning to refer to the over 10,000 officers brought in from outside Catalonia as "occupation forces". 500 National Police and Guardia Civil have been asked to leave three hotels in the town of Calella, and at least one in the town of Pineda del Mar. This is the result of political pressure on the hotels from the mayors, following a confrontation in Calella between some of the Guardia Civil officers and the public. Late on Sunday evening a group of about 200 people gathered in front of one of the hotels to protest Sunday's events. At one point a small group of Guardia Civil left the hotel in plain clothes, but armed with batons, and charged the protesters through the police cordon set up by the Catalan regional police.