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Police to take over polling stations in Catalonia to thwart independence ballot

Police to take over polling stations in Catalonia to thwart independence ballot

Numerous searches were also held in a number of governmental institutions, including Catalonia's government.

"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".

The Spanish government said on Tuesday regional police will take control of any voting booths before a Catalan referendum on independence this weekend which it deems illegal.

"These articles have been violated by the order sent to Spanish telecommunications operators to cut access to web pages that inform about the referendum on self-determination, as well as those internet domains that are publicized or published to the social networks of the. members of the Government", the Catalan government complains in the letter.

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"I don't have anything further than what Heather has already said on that issue", replied the president's top spokeswoman, "If it changes after that takes place, we'll let you know". All the referendum's logistics have been dismantled", the Spanish government's representative in Catalonia, Enric Millo, told reporters in Barcelona.

"We call on you and your government to engage with the Catalan government as partners in facilitating a democratic and just resolution to this situation".

"You're talking about staying with a truly great, attractive and very historic country", he said as Rajoy stood at his side. The Catalan parliament then approved the plan on September 6.

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Spanish security forces were deployed to neutralise polling stations across the region seeking independence from the country.

"Both [statements] show a worrisome degree of ignorance about events in Spain", said Ruperez, also a former assistant United Nations secretary general.

Meanwhile, Miquel Sala, mayor of Oliana in northwestern Catalonia, said three Guardia Civil officers had visited on Monday morning. "Vote for the future of Catalonia!".

The euro could face hefty sell-offs in the coming weeks, as long as the possibility of Catalan independence looms. In that sense, the vote is more of a pressure tactic on Madrid than an outright bid for independence.

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