The Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo has spoken out against the referendum violence in Catalunya.

The Spanish National Police and Guardia Civil stormed into polling stations, hit people with batons and fired rubber bullets into crowds.

Over nine hundred people were injured.

The Chief Minister condemned the violence during his appearance at the Conservative party conference.

“I am very concerned to see violence in the streets of our neighbouring nation,” he said.

“The claim by Spain to the land that I call my home is anachronistic and remnant of a bygone era,” Picardo said. “But anyone who visits Gibraltar realizes it is far from anachronistic – it is modern, it is digital, it is thrusting and it is prosperous.”