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Trump says U.S. opposes independence bid in Spain's Catalonia region

27 September 2017, 12:38 | Floyd Cook

Basque leader urges Madrid to allow independence votes

Basque leader urges Madrid to allow independence votes

Officers from the Guardia Civil police force also paid a visit to several town halls to ask them to hand over documents related to the banned vote on October 1, the Association of Pro-Independence Municipalities told AFP.

For this reason some are now sitting up and looking out for the next potential flare-point - Spain's Catalonia region where seperatists are pushing for independence.

The Spanish region aims to carry out an independence referendum Sunday, but the national government believes that this goes against the constitution and it is therefore illegal.

But the US President became more ambiguous hinting the Catalans would not stand for their referendum vote to be blocked.

The Spanish Interior Ministry in Madrid said on Tuesday the order to note down the personal details of officials was given to police by the top state prosecutor in Catalonia.

The officials said Catalonia lacked a proper election commission, ballot boxes, ballot papers, a transparent census and election material, and other material needed to hold the vote.

The Spanish prosecutor has previously warned that Catalan officials involved in the preparation of the referendum on independence could be charged with disobedience, abuse of power and embezzlement of public funds.


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.

Mr Rajoy added despite the crisis in Spain he was not thinking at all about calling early elections in the country if Catalonia voted to leave Spain.

Polls show that Catalans are sharply divided over whether they want independence, but a large majority would like a legal referendum to settle the matter.

They are accused of allegedly "disseminating a website for people to participate in a referendum declared illegal by the Constitutional Court", a police spokesman said.

The court said over half of the amount, 2.8 million euros, was used by the Catalan government to buy laptops for polling stations during that vote.

It has sent out notifications to people planning to man polling booths spread across the region, the parliamentary spokeswoman for the separatist Junts pel Si party said on Tuesday.

Although Catalonia enjoys a certain measure of autonomy, separtists have long campaigned for independence for a wealthy region with its own language and cultural traditions.



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