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Spanish police to take over Catalan polling stations to thwart independence vote

Spanish police to take over Catalan polling stations to thwart independence vote

"The bigger risk to the Euro is unlikely to come from Germany, but instead could come from Spain where the Catalan region is planning to hold an illegal referendum on independence on 1st October", says Kathleen Brooks, research director at City Index.

Madrid has responded with the heavy legal artillery at its disposal to block the vote, dealing a blow to plans to hold a vote with a semblance of legitimacy.

In an order to police issued on Monday, the prosecutor's office said they would take the names of anyone participating in the vote and confiscate relevant documents.

During a joint news conference on Tuesday with Donald Trump in Washington, Mr Rajoy said the referendum was "creating tensions" and the matter needed to be resolved.

Over the weekend, Madrid announced it would centralize the command of all police operations in Catalonia, including the region's autonomous Mossos d'Esquadra police force.

Police also went to the office of Oliana Mayor Miguel Sala, one of 700 mayors under investigation for saying they would cooperate with the referendum.

And police have seized close to ten million ballot papers, as well as other items destined for the vote.

Another 85 sites are in the process of being closed, judicial sources said.

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"The referendum has been deemed illegal by the central Spanish authorities, yet this has seemingly emboldened the separatist supporters", says Brooks.

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.

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.

Rajoy pulled out of an informal summit of European Union leaders in Estonia on Friday so as to be able to attend the last meeting of his cabinet before the referendum.

He said: "It is not on my horizon to bring forward the elections whatever the result of this we are talking about".

In Huelva in the southwestern Spain, Guardia Civil officers dispatched to Catalonia for the referendum were cheered on by hundreds of locals with cries of "Go for them!" and draped them with Spanish flags.

Spain's Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told AFP that "a hypothetical declaration of independence won't lead to anything because no one would recognise it".

"They are excluding half the population", Dastis said.

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