BREAKING: Protests break out in Barcelona on eve of independence referendum

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The demonstrators oblige gathered around Placa d’Espanya along the road that broaches up to the mountain Montjuic and the Palau Nacional.

One person, speaking on condition of anonymity, who was following the rally told Express.co.uk: «It’s packed with people. There are thousands here. Everybody I know wants independence.»

As with past demonstrations the protestors compel ought to chanted: «Votarem» (‘We will vote»)

The drive to hold the self-direction referendum in the north west region has been slowly building in fresh days despite the authorities in Madrid ruling the vote to be illegal and against the constitution.

Notwithstanding Catalans have continued to resist attempts by the Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to ban the referendum going ahead on October 1.

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Demonstrators have gathered in inside Barcelona

Catalans gather in Placa d'EspanyaDaily Express

Pro-independence supporters in central Barcelona

Earlier today husbandmen deployed a convoy of tractors — dubbed a ‘Tractorada’ — and drove into the principal Barcelona as a show of support.

In recent days firefighters and lawyers and attorneys have joined the growing protest.

Most recently thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets to demand their right to vote on whether or not the jurisdiction should break away from the rest of Spain.

The demonstration go after the Catalan Interior Minister Joaquin Forn said that he had been in the know by the central government’s Ministry of the Interior in Madrid that over an reserve 5,000, in total, police and members of the Guardia Civil had been sent to the quarter as relations between Catalonia and Madrid had worsened.

 

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Thousands have heard in Barcelona to demand the right to vote

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont thought it clear today that his government is determined to go ahead with self-direction vote this Sunday despite the actions of Madrid which have on the agenda c trick plunged the entire country into its worst political crisis in decades.

Mr Puigdemont claimed: “Everything is prepared at the more than 2,000 voting points so they father ballot boxes and voting slips, and have everything people requisite to express their opinion.

«I don’t believe there will be anyone who pleasure use violence or who will want to provoke violence that will soil the irreproachable image of the Catalan independence movement as pacifist.”

Courts cause also ordered police to cordon off schools scheduled to be used as ballot instals. In a bid to keep them open, parents have called for a mass group sleepover this weekend, with tents and sleeping bags, disencumber paella and cinema. Organisers said 60,000 had already registered to participate.

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Protestors gather in Placa d’Espanya for the demonstration

Catalan independence supporters in BarcelonaReuters

A huge gathering of protestors in inner Barcelona

Separatists have called on people to turn out early at voting stations in a mass statement of «peaceful resistance», even if they are barred from voting.

Madrid though reiterated its stance that it was unfaltering that the referendum would not take place.

Government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo told a information conference following the weekly cabinet meeting: «I insist that there command be no referendum on 1 October.”

He said organisers would face criminal asserts for trying to hold it.

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