>> The date of the Catalan independence referendum is drawing ever closer. With the Spanish government now warning regional police, it will seize control of any polling stations ahead of this weekend's vote. Madrid deems the process is illegal. Catalonia's regional government though, insists it'll go ahead. And to send out notifications to Catalans to stop the vote boots nonetheless.
The referendum allows Catalans if they wish the North Eastern region to become an independent state. The dispute has plunged the country into one of its biggest political crisis since democracy was restored four decades ago. Spain's government said on Tuesday that all the referendum's logistics should be dismantled. Adding that anyone with keys or entrance codes to a polling stating could be considered as collaborating with crimes of disobedience, malfeasance and misappropriation of funds.
Previous threats from Madrid have probe to mass demonstrations and accusations from Catalan leaders that central governments resorting to the repression of the Franco dictatorship.>>
> There's a very evident desire by the prosecutors office, the Ministry of Interior and by the Prime Minister, Mr. Rajoy to create tension to provoke altercations to generate indignation amongst citizens in order to provoke a rupture within society.
>> The Catalan government says it has a concrete plan to make the vote possible but is not in a position to reveal it. The regional assembly in Barcelona's due to declare independence within 48 hours of a likely yes victory. But the unrelenting opposition from Madrid means that that result would go all but unrecognized elsewhere, plunging the dispute into a damaging new phase.