Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been heavily criticised for failing to condemn police violence in Catalonia during the region's attempted independence referendum on Sunday.
Earlier today, violence erupted in Spain as voters in the Catalonian independence referendum took to the polls. Hundreds of people have been injured in violent clashes between protesters and police: Rubber bullets were fired, and the region's off-duty firefghters were seen rushing to protect people as the clashes escalated.
Politicians from across the British political spectrum rushed to condemn the violence. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: "Police violence against citizens in Catalonia is shocking. The Spanish government must act to end it now."
However, Boris Johnson's comment on the referendum failed to condemn the violent scenes reported from Catalonia and the foreign secretary has come under severe criticism for it.
Many people had expected Johnson to condemn the violence.
Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said the statement was "shamefully weak".
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said the scenes from Catalonia were "appalling" and criticised the UK government for "staying silent".
The editor of Conservative Home, Mark Wallace, said Johnson had ignored the police "kicking the crap" out of the people who wanted to vote in the referendum.
The SNP's leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford, said Johnson should be "ashamed" of his statement.
Journalist Owen Jones called Johnson a "joke of a human being".
Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.
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