Spain: Authorities block Catalan referendum voting system on the eve of vote

Government spokesperson Inigo Mendez de Vigo informed the press that the voting system for the Catalan independence referendum has been blocked, speaking from Madrid on Saturday, a day before the referendum. Mendez de Vigo said a major blow was dealt to the organisers of the referendum, «when the installations of the Catalan technological and telematics centre were blocked.» «This proceeding... Еще, as every other proceedings, were achieved within the strict framework of the law and with judicial order. This action highlights something that we are saying some time ago, that this illegal referendum convened by the Catalan Government has been annulled by the rule of law,» he added. Catalonia is holding a referendum on independence on 1 October, which Madrid disputes is illegal and unconstitutional. Ballot papers have been seized and extra police housed on docked ships as Spain attempts to prevent the referendum from taking place.

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