THE Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, is under immense pressure to resign following the action of the Spanish National Police in Catalunya.
A Twitter campaign has been launched under the hashtag #RajoyDimisión and at the time of writing has been tweeted an unprecedented 72,000 times.
The Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau was keen to throw her support behind the movement.
“Police action against the peaceful population must stop today, in Catalonia and in the State, we have to demand it #resignarajoy,” she tweeted.
Initially set up as a response in Catalunya to heavy handed police brutality which has been widely circulated on social media, individuals across other parts of Spain have also thrown their weight behind the campaign.
They are accusing Rajoy’s government of facilitating entrenched corruption and his Partido Popular party as having failed to deliver on a whole host of election promises from issues relating to unemployment and taxation.
A whole host of Spanish political figures have moved to demand that Mr Rajoy resign.
Tania Sanchez Melero posted, “Democracy is built with dialogue and politics. Rajoy strategy produces only division and disorder #RajoyDIMISION.”
Pablo Soto, councillor for the municipality of Madrid for the Now Madrid Party also did not hold back.
“It hurts the soul to see police and the civil guard beating up people and uprooting ballots. Rajoy, hyprocrite, savage. #RajoyDIMISION,” he tweeted.
First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, was quick to condemn the terrifying scenes in Catalonia.
“Increasingly concerned by images from #Catalonia. Regardless of views on independence, we should all condemn the scenes being witnessed and call on Spain to change course before someone is seriously hurt. Let people vote peacefully,” she tweeted.
Even sports stars got their opinions in.
Gary Lineker remarked, “Truly awful scenes in Catalonia, Disgusting,” alongside a video he shared of the Spanish National police assaulting citizens.
Tennis legend Boris Becker also tweeted his disgust at the actions of the police.