Barcelona focusing on football, not independence

29 September, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Pau Barrena  Bloomberg  Getty	Uncertainty over the Catalan independence vote has unsettled scientists

The country's Constitutional Court deemed the referendum illegal earlier this month and the Spanish government has gone to great lengths to prevent the vote from taking place, including threatening hundreds of regional mayors with arrest.

Over the past few days, judges and prosecutors have ordered the seizure of electoral material including millions of ballot papers, the closure of websites linked to the vote and the detention of key members of the team organising the referendum. In her editorial, Calou blamed on Rajoy for escalating the conflict.

Joaquin Forn said officials are determined to proceed with Sunday's vote, even though Spain's government says it is illegal and can not happen.

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).


Thousands of striking Catalan university students, many carrying pro-independence flags, marched in Barcelona to protest the central government crackdown on the ballot. He insisted, however, that the Catalan police force called the Mossos d'Esquadra must take their orders from local authorities.

"In terms of the internal risks facing growth forecasts, the political tensions in Catalonia could eventually affect confidence, spending and financing conditions", the central bank said in its quarterly report.

"We call to the EU institutions... the European Commission and the Parliament in particular, to stand for values and principles which are in the pillars of the [EU] treaty", Romeva said.

The watchdog added that Spanish authorities' legal measures against Catalan media to stop the spread of information about the referendum have contributed to an atmosphere of extreme tension. While I am no separatist and have even criticised the unilateral course taken by the Catalan regional Government, I am alarmed by the repressive measures the Spanish Government has been using to prevent the referendum of 1 October; a response that represents a "qualitative leap" within its own strategy for judicialising the Catalan conflict.

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