Catalan Separatists Unveil Ballot Boxes; Spain To Shut Barcelona Airspace, Says “Referendum Won’t Happen”

Friday, September 29, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Sep 29, 2017

The Spanish government reiterated its angry rhetoric this morning that the “Catalan referendum won’t happen” with Íñigo Méndez de Vigo saying “organizers will be held responsible,” after they unveiled the ballot boxes and discussed the 2,315 polling stations to be used.

Madrid, which claims the authority of a constitution that declares the country to be indivisible, remained implacably opposed to the vote. As Reuters reports,

“I insist that there will be no referendum on Oct. 1,” central government spokesman Mendez de Vigo told a news conference following the weekly cabinet meeting, reiterating that the vote was illegal.

It appears the Catalans are ignoring him…

In a sign that large crowds are again expected on the streets on Sunday, department store chain El Corte Ingles said it would shut three stores in central Barcelona. The central government said airspace above the city would be partly restricted.

Lines of tractors draped in the red-and-yellow striped Catalan flag left provincial towns on Friday, planning to converge on Barcelona in a sign of support for the referendum.

Catalonia’s vice president says more than six out of ten voters are expected to cast ballots during the region’s independence referendum despite the Spanish government’s aggressive efforts to stop the vote. As AP reports,

Oriol Junqueras said Friday that Catalan citizens will be able to vote on Sunday “even if somebody takes voting stations by assault and tries to avoid something as natural as placing a voting slip in a ballot.”

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