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Trump says United States opposes independence bid in Spain's Catalonia region

Trump says United States opposes independence bid in Spain's Catalonia region”

Spanish authorities want the names of officials running polling stations at schools and civic buildings, with a view to prosecuting them.

On Monday, 17 people were summoned for allegedly "disseminating a website for people to participate in a referendum declared illegal by the Constitutional Court", according to police.

This has prompted the Catalan regional government to accuse central authorities of imposing an "undeclared state of emergency".

Sr Forn said the top police officer in the Mossos d'Esquadra had expressed his opposition to the measure during a meeting Saturday with the top state prosecutor in Catalonia and chiefs of Spain's two national police forces, the National Police and the Civil Guard.

Spanish Attorney General Jose Manual Maza warned today that the government retains the option of arresting Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont for "disobedience" and misuse of public funds if the Catalan referendum takes place.

And police have seized close to ten million ballot papers, as well as other items destined for the vote.

Madrid has also threatened fines against bureaucrats working on the ballot, including the region's election commission, which was dissolved last week.

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October's referendum in Catalonia will be the second such vote in a little over three years after an earlier 2014 campaign for independence was hampered by low turnout and similarly ruled as illegal by Spain's constitutional court.

Faced with these actions, the separatist leaders of this wealthy northeastern region of Spain, home to around 7.5 million people, have accused Madrid of "repression".

"If the Catalonia referendum goes ahead we expect this to be a disruptive event for the Euro" - Kathleen Brooks at City Index.

A "yes" vote is likely, given that most of the 40 percent of Catalans who polls show support independence are expected to cast ballots while most of those against it are not.

Barth observes most of the EUR's gains have come since the French election, with many pointing to the reduction in perceived political risks to the European Union and Eurozone as important contributors to the common currency's ascent. Trump said. "I'm just for a united Spain", he said, adding that if accurate polling were done in the region "you'd find out people of Catalonia love their country, they love Spain".

"No matter how much war-like zeal they demonstrate. they are wasting time, and the (referendum) on October will take place", the Catalan government spokesman said.



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