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Catalan Police Ordered To Close And Occupy Polling Stations To Stop Vote Going Ahead


The Catalan Police (Mossos) have been ordered by the Public Prosecutor's Office to close and occupy all premises that will or might be used as polling stations in the region to prevent them from being used for Sunday's independence referendum vote, suspended by the Constitutional Court.

The Public Prosecutor's Office confirmed to The Spain Report on Wednesday morning that the document and the orders it contains were genuine.

Officers must close and cordon off the centres until 9 p.m. on Sunday evening and make it clear that the police cordon is not to be broken, warning people they are liable to criminal prosecution if they do so.

They have been ordered to remove anyone already in the polling stations, and seize any items being used for the vote, "especially ballot boxes, computers, ballot papers and election documents and propaganda".


They may repeat the removals and seizures if people try to break the police line during the day.

The cordons and closures must be in place by Saturday, September 30.

Mossos officers must report any infractions of the polling station orders, and may request local police, National Police and Civil Guard back up if they believe they need it.

The Catalan Police must also prevent people designated as polling officers from being able to access the premises designated as polling stations, which is due to happen from 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Finally, the Mossos have been told to prevent the vote taking place anywhere within 100 metres of the designated premises, "including on public streets".

Catalan Police chiefs are worried about the public order and manpower requirements stemming from the order, Spanish media reported.

The prosecutor says that despite efforts by the central government to disable the logistical preparation for the vote, Catalan leaders are insisting some kind of vote will take place on Sunday.

Also on Wednesday morning, the Catalan First Minister unilaterally called a meeting of the Catalan Security Council, a regional policing body. That move was rejected by the Home Office two days ago.

A meeting of senior police chiefs in the region is taking place this morning. The prosecutor's office in Catalonia told The Spain Report that the polling station issue would likely be on the agenda.

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Finally, one comment on this report caught our eye and seemed to clarify much of what is occurrring...

The Catalan people are living in a police state. The true colours of the Popular Party government in Madrid are now being seen clearly.


Quasi-military police imported in ferries waiting in Barcelona and Tarragona ports. Legitimate meetings broken up. Private houses entered and searched. Drivers stopped and their cars searched. Civil servants dragged before the courts. The rule of law forbidding the public to gather in their local schools. All reminiscent of the fascism from which the Popular Party has now found the "courage" to re-emerge.


Quite disgraceful.


Catalunya will be well out of this backward country .


LindseyNarrate… hedgeless_horseman Wed, 09/27/2017 - 11:43 Permalink

Mr. Horseman, et-al, Catalonia WILL gain-its-independence, Sunday--MARK-MY-WORDS. For-the-record, THE reason that Spain is TERRIFIED!!! of it becoming independent, is because Catalonia is THE wealthiest province in Spain, making-up OVER 15% of its GDP, and that soon-to-be-nation is wealthy-enough to do very, VERY well, on-its-own. Lindsey

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zorba THE GREEK SDShack Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:05 Permalink

Are people in Catalonia allowed to own guns/assault rifles or has the priviledge been taken away from them by their rulers as it has been in most of Europe. When police come in armed to stop you from voting, they are to be considered the enemy and stopped at all cost. I hope the police chiefs that are meeting in Catalonia this morning come to the right conclusion and in fact refuse to obey and accually do what they were created to do and protect the people at the poles and their right to vote.

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Don Diego Smufty Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:11 Permalink

talking about Franco, he is in the link below being acclamated by tens of thousands of Catalans during his visit in 1970. Please note his usage of roofless car, exposed to a shot from any deer rifle. Then in the 80s Catalans got their own education system and the nationalists began instilling in the youngsters the hate of Spain.

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GoinFawr 11b40 Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:46 Permalink

"You know, patriotism is not a matter of wearing a flag in your lapel... patriotism is not supporting the government. Patriotism is supporting the principles that the government is supposed to stand for." Howard ZinnJingoism, on the other hand, requires no such self awareness or introspection."This is no time for "my country, right or wrong", remember what that brought" - Lou Reed

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GoinFawr Kafir Goyim Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:15 Permalink

That wasn't his opinion, that's the word's definition, so perhaps you should 'give a shit' regardless of what you think of Howard Zinn; that is if you don't want to suck quite so much.If you prefer:"In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favourite device of persons having something to sell." - MenckenThere now, is your triggered butthurt all better?

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Kafir Goyim GoinFawr Wed, 09/27/2017 - 18:38 Permalink

Fuck your Jingoism.  It's just a word used by assholes to try to denigrate patriotism.  I stand with Teddy.  Not with Fucking Howard Zinn, and certainly not with you.

In an article on 23 October 1895 in New York Times, Roosevelt stated, "There is much talk about 'jingoism'. If by 'jingoism' they mean a policy in pursuance of which Americans will with resolution and common sense insist upon our rights being respected by foreign powers, then we are 'jingoes'.


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John Kerry-Heinz hedgeless_horseman Wed, 09/27/2017 - 12:38 Permalink

The only Officiales de Policias that will enforce this edict are the true psychopaths and pension lunatics of the force.  All others will give no real opposition to the people. There are simply not enough officers to suppress the will of the people.  Only the military has that ability. Law Enforcement Officers Per Capita for Cities, Local Departments (US) The tyranny of our Hidden Elite Rulers is now on full display.   The worldwide nationalistic uprising is forcing our Kings and Queens to expose themselves and stategies from behind the veil of their subverted Democracies. 
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Vageling tmosley Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:40 Permalink

They have the law on their side {Madrid}. Yup... I'm paying attention. Technically it doesn't matter {The referendum results} and the EU won't welcome them. See Brexit... I Support the people their voice. But... You can't have your cake and eat it. Want the lust? Take the burden as well... Sorry, it works two ways. 

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Bastiat Haus-Targaryen Wed, 09/27/2017 - 12:08 Permalink

Last night I watched the episode of Ken Burn's "Vietnam" with the Kent State footage.  Guns vs impassioned but unarmed protestors, it can get very ugly.  The cops will have to decide if they are cops first or Catalans (and human beings).  Preventing an election with guns is what they call "bad optics."  Spain has already lost on that front.

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