Spanish police seal off Catalan polling stations

01 October, 2017, 00:17 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Previous opinion polls show that Catalonia's independence is supported by 41 percent of its residents, with 49 percent against it, and while as much as 80 percent of Catalans are in favor of the referendum, a lot of them believe that the vote should be agreed upon with the central government in Madrid. While the referendum has gained massive support, including from former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, the Spanish Prime Minister has declared the vote as "illegal".

On Saturday, the Civil Guard raided the Center of Telecommunications and Technologies of Information (CTTI) to switch off applications that could be used to count the results.

The activities were backed by Regional President Carles Puigdemont, who told the crowd to believe that Catalonia will be taking its first steps as a sovereign nation, a BBC report read.

The Catalan police received an order to vacate all buildings by Sunday morning, cops were advised to refrain from using violence, and that about 17,000 police officers would respond to this order as the key to the success or failure of the planned referendum.

"We are people who have experience with difficulties, and every difficultly makes us stronger", Puigdemont said.

The highest-ranking Spanish official in Catalonia Enric Millo said said anyone remaining in schools after 6am will be removed in line with a judge's orders.

Spain is likely to deploy thousands of national police officers, now stationed on board two cruise ships docked in Barcelona's port, to disrupt any voting, and ultimately to guarantee Spanish sovereignty over Catalonia, our correspondent says.

Catalonia has been always been in the process of trying to gain independence from Spain. A company spokeswoman said Google removes content when it receives a court order.

The national government rejects the vote as propaganda.

Organizers said around 100,000 Barcelona residents took part in the mass demonstration on Friday evening amid attempts by the central Madrid government to disrupt the independence referendum, which it views as illegal.

A large majority of Catalans back the idea of holding a legitimate referendum, but they are split over independence itself.

"It isn't easy to have an agreement and study Spanish legislation but if they (Catalan clubs) do get that, then they will not be able to play in Spain's La Liga, but I hope it doesn't come to that", Tebas said. "The government, as it is obliged to do, will defend the constitutional unity of Spain and liberal democracy from those who elude democratic control", said Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo in a press conference on Friday.

"I think it's important to talk on a political level" after the vote, he added.

Robert said he'd much rather live in a place allows the democratic right to vote than one that doesn't. Catalonia joined the rest of Spain in endorsing the written constitution with a referendum in 1978.

The rise of the Catalan separatist movement may be a effect of Rajoy's party's hardline policy on the region's autonomy, the political scientist said.


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