Catalan separatists occupy polling stations ahead of disputed vote

Oct 01, 2017, 00:34
Catalan separatists occupy polling stations ahead of disputed vote

Catalan police closed 1,300 schools, which were due to become polling stations for the region's independence referendum on Sunday, Spanish government representative in Catalonia Enric Millo said Saturday.

Spain's Constitutional Court suspended the independence vote more than three weeks ago but Catalonia's regional government is pressing ahead with it and urging registered voters to take part.

The raid was meant to stop the use of vote-counting software linked to Sunday's referendum, Piqué said, adding that the Catalan government has an alternative to the software.

Dr James Summers is a Professor of International Law at Lancaster University.

But as classes ended for the day, small groups of activists, including parents with their children, on Friday peacefully occupied several schools in Barcelona where voting is scheduled to take place.

But Jordi Sanchez, the president of the Catalan National Assembly, an influential pro-independence organisation, told AFP the court order "simply says that on Sunday these spaces can't be used for the referendum".

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government has said any vote on Catalan secession would have to be held across all of Spain, not just in Catalonia.

More news: Defensive stops put Iowa in position for upset

"I insist that there will be no referendum on October 1", government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said, adding that organisers would face criminal charges for trying to hold it.

Tens of thousands of secessionist Catalans have taken to the streets in Barcelona to promote the "Yes" campaign in their final rally ahead of the controversial referendum on independence from mainland Spain.

Earlier this week, farmers staged a protest in Barcelona, flying Catalonian flags on their tractors and chanting "we will vote".

Officers have also been seizing items such as ballot papers, while prosecutors have ordered the closure of websites linked to the vote and the arrest of officials organising the referendum. "It would be foolish for Catalonia to not continue in Spain", he said.

Montserrat Aguilera wasn't intending to vote for the Catalonia region to secede from the rest of Spain.

"We are convinced that all internal matters will be solved in accordance with the laws of Spain".

The Catalan government had not yet made clear how it would respond if the plebiscite results in a "yes" vote.

More news: Crystal Palace woes continue with new Boss Roy Hodgson

The Spanish government source said it would be up to the police how they carried out orders to remove people from polling stations.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has called on Catalans to actpeacefully during Sunday's referendum as thousands descend on Barcelona Town Hall on the eve of the poll.

The force's loyalty has been torn between the central and regional governments.

"Everything is prepared at the more than 2,000 voting points so they have ballot boxes and voting slips, and have everything people need to express their opinion", Puigdemont said.

The government also announced it would block access to public buildings designated as polling stations.

However, he admitted there could be "sham voting" in the region, located in Spain's northeast, where millions could turn out, according to some projections. "It's been enough lies telling people that they can't be Catalans and Spanish at the same time", Morales said.

More news: Pakistani Soldiers Killed In BSF Retaliatory Fire On JK Border

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Cops: Mom Left 4 Kids Home, Went to Europe

    Cops: Mom Left 4 Kids Home, Went to Europe

    Macke's four children were taken into the custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services and placed with extended family. Cops say the day after the mom left the country, they got a tip the children were home alone in their apartment.
    Shakhtar Donetsk coach Fonseca: I believe in Man City upset

    Shakhtar Donetsk coach Fonseca: I believe in Man City upset

    It will be the five-time winners' first away game in the Champions League proper since a 2-2 draw at Ludugorets Razgrad in 2014. City, who were without injured left-back Benjamin Mendy , face champions Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
    The free CCleaner software was compromised with malware

    The free CCleaner software was compromised with malware

    The just-released September 13 version is said to be clean, according to Avast , with its 2 billion users who are not affected. The basic version of CCleaner doesn't include an automatic update feature, so Yung urged users to update.
  • Crude Settles Down Ahead Of API Reading On US Stockpiles

    Crude Settles Down Ahead Of API Reading On US Stockpiles

    U.S. crude production reached 9.51 million bpd last week, up from 8.78 million bpd after Hurricane Harvey hit the U.S. Brent for November settlement advanced $1.03 to $56.17 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.
    European Union  commissioner says Boris Johnson 'completely out of the loop' on Brexit

    European Union commissioner says Boris Johnson 'completely out of the loop' on Brexit

    Any hint of such would leave Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson no choice but to resign, according to the report . The foreign secretary was ambushed by journalists in NY after he returned from a run.
    Tata Steel signs MoU which could safeguard 8000 United Kingdom  jobs

    Tata Steel signs MoU which could safeguard 8000 United Kingdom jobs

    The scheme, a successor to the BSPS dubbed BSPS II, will be sponsored by Tata Steel UK and its Port Talbot plant. Tata blamed £1m a day losses on cheap imports of Chinese steel, high energy costs, and weak demand.
  • Buy iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with 70 % buyback offer

    Buy iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with 70 % buyback offer

    An iPhone 8 Plus owner in Taiwan says that her five-day-old 64GB device split open while charging, according to The Next Web . And if you buy the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from Reliance stores you can also avail a 70 percent BuyBack offer.
    50000 evacuate as Bali volcano swells

    50000 evacuate as Bali volcano swells

    The Karangasem regency, located closest to Mount Agung, is housing the largest number of evacuees at just over 21,000 people. The 3,031-metre Mount Agung last erupted for nearly a year between 1963 and 1964, killing about 1,200 people.
    Ryanair cancellations leaving passengers up in the air

    Ryanair cancellations leaving passengers up in the air

    The holiday issue arose from a change from holiday allowance in the company running for a fiscal year to a calendar year. It also faces paying compensation of 250 euros ($300) per traveler for flights canceled on less than two weeks' notice.
  • Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer out until January after foot operation

    Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer out until January after foot operation

    The 31-year-old sustained a repeat hairline fracture of the metatarsal in his left foot during the training session on Monday. We and our captain are looking to the future. "Manuel will be available as strong as ever in January".
    Altherr's slam helps Phillies beat Dodgers, Kershaw

    Altherr's slam helps Phillies beat Dodgers, Kershaw

    The Dodgers entered Monday with a magic number of four to clinch the National League West. "You can see him feeling for things". That was followed by a home run from third baseman Justin Turner to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead five pitches into the game.
    Rohingyas are security threat, India govt tells SC

    Rohingyas are security threat, India govt tells SC

    The petition was filed by two Rohingya Muslims-Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir-who are now living in India. Their petition says that the Centre's plan to deport them violated worldwide conventions.
popular