Spain Minister brands Catalonia independence referendum 'mockery of democracy'

Spain Minister brands Catalonia independence referendum 'mockery of democracy'

Spain Minister brands Catalonia independence referendum 'mockery of democracy'

Parents occupied schools in a bid to prevent police from restricting access to their use Sunday as polling stations.

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"Friends, so that victory is definite, on Sunday let's dress up in referendum (clothes) and leave home prepared to change history", Puigdemont said.

Although the Spanish government has the strong support of the United Kingdom government in its struggle with Catalonia, there is a frustration in Madrid that the British experience with the Scottish referendum has led to political sympathy for the Catalan demand for a legally recognised referendum.

Earlier, Millo said Civil Guard agents acting on a judge's order searched the headquarters of CTTI, the Catalan regional centre in charge of technology and communications on Saturday.

Authorities have given an ultimatum to separatists, parents and children who are occupying schools designated to be polling stations and have confiscated 10 million voting slips in the last few days. Google has also deleted a smartphone application publicized by regional Catalan officials aimed at directing voters to their nearest polling stations.

Enric Millo, the central government representative in Catalonia, told reporters 1,300 polling stations had already been sealed off.

But, as has been mentioned, no can be sure what will happen if independence does come to the region. In a later update, the ministry didn't provide a new figure but only said "some" schools remained occupied. "We are going to try to vote in the only way we know, which is peacefully". "Then, if "yes" or "no", it's up to each person".

Fernando Satue, 67, a retired mechanic who was born in Huesca and has lived in Catalonia since he was 5, said that the mounting demand for independence has made him apprehensive about expressing his opinions in public.

Catalan referendum vote police
Riot police clashed with voters on Sunday. Getty Images

On Saturday, at least one anti-independence rally gathered at city hall. In the past week, the Spanish state has been moving to close down any attempts of a referendum being held.

And despite the passions provoked on both sides, there has been no violence nor calls to violence, but the tension has turned Catalan independence into a powder keg in Western Europe.

The region represents a fifth of Spain's GDP and there is anger that the population pay more taxes to central government than are returned to the area.

Alfonso Dastis told the Associated Press: "What they are pushing is not democracy".

"I think that from now it would be logical for the European Union to actively monitor (the situation) and actively take an interest", he said.

"I trust in the common sense of Catalans and that people will operate with prudence", he said.

"There is nothing in global law that gives any region a right to self-determination in a democratic state".

Robert said he'd much rather live in a place allows the democratic right to vote than one that doesn't. The tractors eventually stopped, converging on the regional government building.

But Catalan nationalists want more, arguing that they are a separate nation with their own history, culture and language and that they should have increased fiscal independence.

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