The Spanish army has been deployed to Cataluña to provide logistical support to Guardia Civil and National Police officers.
The 41st Logistical Support Group sent 20 lorries to Barcelona a few hours before the King of Spain gave a speech.
The convoy was taking supplies and equipment to furnish a military base in Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, with showers, kitchens, lockers and cleaning equipment according to reports from the Defence Ministry.
The preparations come after National Police and Guardia Civil officers were being forced to leave the hotels they were staying at.
A police source has told the Euro Weekly News that the army has been “close since the beginning.
“The military are being deployed to nearby army bases in order to reduce the amount of time it takes to mobilise into Cataluña.”
The source also said security forces had been ordered to “carry firearms inside their vehicles alongside their riot gear.”