Spain: Pro-independence activists occupy Barcelona school ahead of referendum

Pro-independence activists occupied the Escola Collaso i Gil school in central Barcelona, Friday, after the Spanish government announced it would block access to schools designated as polling stations in the contested independence referendum. Some 30 people occupied the yard of the Escola Collaso i Gil, one of the schools where the Catalans are set to cast their votes in the referendum on... Еще October 1. Scores of local residents living in the vicinity of the school gathered in solidarity with the activists. One such resident expressed that people are «a bit tired of Spain, of everything that it is doing to us, so there comes a time when it is better to separate.» She went on to say, «I don't know, is it all a bit radical? Yes, it is harsh, but they are making our lives impossible. 10,000 police officers have come for all this as though we are terrorists.» The Spanish government has deemed the referendum «illegal.» The Constitutional Court suspended the Catalan referendum law, following an appeal from the Spanish government. It will be suspended until the court reaches a decision.

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