Catalonia, the restive northeastern area that features Barcelona and that’s Spain’s financial powerhouse, is trying to vote on Sunday in an independence referendum.
The Catalans say that their distinct language, historical past and tradition entitle them to nationhood, or a minimum of that they need to have the prospect to determine for themselves whether or not to interrupt from Spain.
The central authorities in Madrid, with the help of Spanish courts, says the vote is unconstitutional and must be suspended. It’s doing every part it could actually to stop it from occurring: confiscating ballots; shutting down the web; barring polling stations and threatening Catalan officers with arrest and prosecution. It has despatched hundreds of police from different elements of Spain to probably implement the measures.
The standoff is rising more and more risky because the scheduled begin of voting on Sunday morning approaches.
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