>> Thousands of protesters taking to the streets in Spain, insisting that a referendum, which could see the Catalonia regions separate from the rest of the country, must go ahead on October 1st. The protest coming following the arrest of a dozen Catalonian officials.>>
> Acting under court orders, police have stepped up raids and have swept up campaign literature, seizing more than 45,000 envelopes supposed to be sent to locals encouraging them to vote. The first of hundreds of Catalan mayors were also forced to appear before the state prosecutor Tuesday after they said they'd back the referendum.
Mariano Rajoy, speaking on Wednesday after the Catalan region's junior economy minister was taken into custody. Alongside other high ranking local officials, the pushing ahead with an unauthorized referendum on independence. The central government says that vote is illegal. Rajoy telling parliament the government's response has been proportionate. A lawmaker from Catalonia firmly disagreeing.
The central government says the vote on whether to split with Spain goes against the country's 1978 constitution.