Catalan police ordered to crack down on disputed ballot

Basque leader urges Madrid to allow independence votes

"If the outcome is a "yes" vote and a unilateral declaration of independence follows, the destabilising effect on the economies of Catalonia and Spain could be very large".

Catalonia's regional government on Sunday plans to hold a referendum on independence despite opposition from the Spanish government which considers it illegal. "All the referendum's logistics have been dismantled", the Spanish government's representative in Catalonia, Enric Millo, told reporters on Tuesday.

Spanish police have confiscated millions of ballots in recent days as part of a crackdown to stop the October 1 vote, which has been suspended by Spain's Constitutional Court.

Police in Catalonia on Tuesday concentrated efforts on sealing off buildings expected to house polling stations for this week's planned independence referendum, reports DW.

Sources from the ongoing investigation into the referendum bid told Efe news that among the sites seized by police was that of the Catalonian National Assembly (ANC), an organisation that promotes the region's independence from Spain which later confirmed, however, that its web page was still accessible through its European Union domain name (.eu). Since Madrid considers the vote illegal, it would swiftly act to prevent the Catalan government doing this.




This has sparked protests in Barcelona and other cities.

These actions have provoked mass demonstrations and drawn accusations from Catalan leaders that the Madrid government was resorting to the repression of the Franco dictatorship. Trump said. "I'm just for a united Spain", he said, adding that if accurate polling were done in the region "you'd find out people of Catalonia love their country, they love Spain".

A Catalan vote for independence could send the euro plunging, as the risk of Spain breaking up and splitting the eurozone grows.

Many had not yet received information about where or when they would be working after the state-run postal service was ordered to stop all mail related to the vote, a parliamentary spokeswoman for one separatist party said. He has promised to declare independence within 48 hours of a victory for the yes campaign. He also voiced his worry that Sunday could see violence in the Catalan region. Unlike the now-diminished separatist struggle in the Basque Country, the movement has been largely non-violent.

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