These are some of the most-shared images of the referendum day on social networks. The posts appear in order of most shares, but each photo has also been shared by many other accounts.
1. F.C. Barcelona player Gerard Piqué places his vote before the team’s match against Las Palmas. After the game, which was played behind closed doors, Piqué told the media that if there’s a problem, he can “leave the Spanish national team.”
2. Gabriel Rufián, member of Spanish Congress from Barcelona, shared this photo of an older woman surrounded by police officers.
3. The scientist Eduard Punset – who was also once a Minister of European relations – posted a photo of him casting his vote in one of the plastic ballot boxes.
4. Various Twitter users shared this image of an injured woman. Dani Mateo, an actor and journalist, is one of them. The woman’s son also published a sequence of photos on Instagram, including the moment when his mother finally got to vote.
5. The United Left (IU) politician, Alberto Garzón, shared an image of a wounded man on Facebook.
And this for wanting to vote.
And what about the corrupt politicians?
The corrupt politicians are precisely those who gave orders to strike.
6. Although the flag is photoshopped into this image, it was one of the most widely shared yesterday. This is the original image.
7. The image of this woman, detained by several officers, was widely shared, particularly by international media. This tweet from the film director and actor Paco León was one of the most popular, but there were many others.
8. This next photo is of a firefighter protecting people from police officers.
9. A man is seen hugging a Catalan police officer. Boris Llona took the photo in Lleida, a city in western Catalonia.
A Catalan police officer crying today in the Cappont neighborhood of Lleida
10. Firefighters were deployed in various parts of Catalonia to help citizens who wanted to vote, as shown in this image.
11. The woman who appeared in Rufián’s tweet also appeared all over social media, this time with various National Police officers in the background.
12. Several officers surround a woman during the clearing out of a polling center.
13. These firefighters stand between the demonstrators and the Civil Guard. Throughout the day there were several scenes of tension between agents from the two groups.
14. Sandwiched between the rest of these tense images was a post from the National Police of four images on Twitter of their agents completing their job of stopping the illegal referendum.
Agents confiscate ballot boxes and ballot sheets at different schools in Barcelona. We comply with the law #WeareforYOU
15. Former Catalan Parliament member, Antonio Baños, shared a photo of the moment when a police officer confiscated a ballot box.
English version by Debora Almeida.