Civil Guard riot squad officers and Catalan Police (Mossos) clashed physically in the town of Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Cadena SER in Catalonia reported, posting video footage of the incident.
In the images, Civil Guard riot officers can be seeing physically pushing Mossos officers back as they move to enter a polling station in the town. The Mossos officers resist and push back and an angry confrontation ensues for several seconds.
Asked by The Spain Report, the Spanish Prime Minister's office, Moncloa, declined to comment on the images in the video.
A second video, published by Civil Guard trade union AUGC, showed Mossos officers facing off with Civil Guard riot squad officers in a second tense incident elsewhere.
The Home Office had not replied to a request for comment on the police clashes on Sunday afternoon, but issued a statement saying the National Police and Civil Guard had managed to close 92 polling stations in Catalonia by 5 p.m.
The Catalan government had announced on Friday that there would be 2,315 polling station in total, which means state-level policing actions on Sunday only managed to close 4% of the total, across the region.
Police Trade Unions Announce Legal Action
Also on Sunday afternoon, five National Police trade unions announced they would take legal action, via criminal complaints, against the Catalan Police (Mossos) and Mossos chief Josep Lluis Trapero for what they believe is a dereliction of duty and for preventing National Police officers from carrying out orders in Catalonia.
"Impunity cannot be allowed in a police force, like the Mossos, which held all of our respect", said the statement: "A large number of regional police officers are professional and honourable. But today's actions open an intense debate about the public security model in our country".
National Police trade unions condemned Catalan Police chiefs' commitment to "separatists' political sectarianism".
"There are no half-truths here: either you are with the law or committing a crime."
Published: 6:22 pm, Oct 01 2017 (link)
High Court In Catalonia: Multiple Private Complaints Filed Against Mossos
The High Court in Catalonia confirmed in a statement on Sunday evening that multiple private complaints had been filed at duty courts in five towns and cities across the region against the Catalan Police (Mossos) "for inactivity at an open polling station" or otherwise allowing the vote to proceed.
One complaint each was made in Barcelona, El Vendrell (Tarragona), Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), La Seu d’Urgell (Lleida) and Santa Coloma de Gramenet (Barcelona). It is possible more than one complaint was made in Cerdanyola del Vallès.
In La Seu d'Urgell, the court statement said voting had been allowed to take place at seven premises.
Other complaints were filed for illegal use of data for voting and assault.