CATALANS are asking Spain’s Guardia Civil to apologise for a “joke” tweet, threatening combat vehicles on the streets if they vote for independence.
The north eastern region has plans for a referendum on independence, which its President Artur Mas says will be held in November next year.
The central government in Madrid is having none of it – calling the vote unconstitutional, and insisting it will never happen.
Social media in Catalonia is alive with debate on the subject, with the hashtag #sisi – calling for people to vote “yes” – trending. Opinion polls suggest a vote – if it’s ever held – would be close.
A tweet sent from an account seemingly run by members of the Guardia Civil has sparked a furore, however, implying that they would be sent in if Catalonia voted for independence, and asking Catalans if they would prefer to have armed men marching down the main street in Barcelona, or armoured combat vehicles instead.