Catalonia independence referendum: ‘NO violence’ Voters warned to behave

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The referendum has divded Spain with Madrid branding the express «illegal» and threatening to arrest voters and officials. 

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has called on Catalans to actpeacefully during Sunday’s referendum as thousands swoop down on on Barcelona Town Hall on the eve of the poll. 

Despite the threats from Madrid, Mr Puigdemont has said it pass on carry out the vote no matter what.

With the two sides seemingly on smash course the potential for outbreaks of violence is a realistic possibility with the provincial police ordered to close down the polling stations and stop human being from voting.

Carles Puigdemont has called for the referendum to be peacefulAFP/EPA

Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont has called for a serene referendum

Mr Puigdemont said the pro-independence supporters would not “step ruin one millimetre” in their commitment to carrying out the referendum, in an interview with Eldiario.es, and expostulated everything is in place for people to vote.

But he added if people did have conundrums voting, then “don’t do anything violent. This movement is pacifist.”

Mr Puigdemont said he force defend the referendum cause to the end and in an apparent reference to the possibility that he could be arrested, enlarged: “no matter the consequences”.

The Catalan leader said he was very angry with the Say Attorney General, José Manuel Maza, for not ruling out the possibility of electrifying him: «I am upset that he says I can be detained for my political ideas».

Mr Puigdemont permitted the parliamentary path that has been followed up to October 1, the season of the referendum, is not the one he wanted, but said it is «the only one» possible. 

The leader blamed the tried obstacles of the central government for refusing to engage in talks with the regional control.

Reflecting on the statement of US President Donald Trump who said he was in favour of a coordinated Spain, Mr Puigdemont said: “It is evident that any state that is asked today nearly this issue will support the position of Spain.»

Looking vanguard to the situation in Catalonia after the vote, Mr Puigdemont said: «There devise be, not an immediate change, but I think at least Europe should stop looking the other away and intelligent that this it’s just an internal matter.”

 Pro-independence supporters have already set up camp to protect the polling station in their townÀdria Mazcuñan

Pro-independence admirers have already set up camp to protect the polling station in their hamlet

Police have been ordered to ensure the polling stations — mostly in coteries — are closed by 6am on Sunday, before the voting is due to start at 9am. 

But many are already be settled in by supporters who are vowing to keep the buildings open to ensure the vote attempts ahead. 

Police will remove people from the polling stations on Sunday, a superintendence source said on Saturday, without giving details on how this leave be carried out.

Carles PuigdemontAFP

Carles Puigdemont has said the referendum will go ahead no puzzle what

The source added it would be up to the police how they remove people.

Volunteers teaming polling stations and using the national census in Sunday’s banned Catalan referendum on confidence from Spain will be liable for fines of up to £264,500 (€300,000).

Meanwhile, Catalonia’s Towering Court ordered Google to delete a smartphone application that the Catalan rule was using to spread information about the vote. A company spokeswoman alleged Google removes content when it receives a court order.

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