In 1909, Madrid violently repressed Catalans who refused to participate in the Rif War

On Sunday 1st of October, Spain tried hard to ban the Catalan independence referendum led by the Generalitat de Catalunya and approved by the parliament of Catalonia. The referendum was deemed illegal by the constitutional court of Spain and voters were met by the chillingly brutal police action. History is repeating itself as in 1909, Madrid violently repressed Catalans, who refused to be sent as reinforcements when Spain renewed military-colonial activity in Morocco on 9 July, in what is known as the Second Rif War. Flashback.

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