The Catalans feel their rights have been abused and they are not willing to back down.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and the rest of the team will not be seen at work on Tuesday as they join in a sit-at-home protest in Spain.

The Camp Nou is also expected to go on strike as are along side the city's public universities and contemporary art museum.

They have begun a general strike that will see large areas of Catalonia forced to standstill following Madrid's interference with the regions disputed referendum.

Some of the officers ordered to prevent people casting their vote were seen firing rubber bullets, storming into polling stations and pulling women by their hair.

State authorities consider the poll as illegal despite having 2.2 million people coming out to vote and show their support.

Meanwhile, the country's politicians are trying to find a way forward.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has said he wants a new understanding with the central government in Madrid, but the government, led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, has warned it could suspend autonomy of the wealthy north-eastern region.

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