Pro-Independence Activists Gather Outside Proposed Polling Centers in Barcelona

StoryfulNewsPublished: September 30, 2017
Published: September 30, 2017

Activists in Catalonia staged demonstrations and occupied some proposed polling centers on September 29, in an effort to keep them open ahead of a planned October 1 referendum on independence from Spain. The vote has been declared illegal by Spain’s government. People posted videos and photos from Barcelona showing nighttime scenes as they camped out outside civic centers and schools after the courts ruled that police should prevent the use of public buildings for voting. On September 28, police seized millions of ballot papers and dozens of ballot boxes in the latest attempt to block the referendum, which the central government in Madrid said it would not recognize. The row between Madrid and the Catalan government, which saw regional government offices raided and several politicians arrested, has sparked angry large-scale protests over recent weeks. Credit: Twitter/Blanca Rica via Storyful

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