>> The mounting conflict in Spain over Catalonia's campaign for independence intensifying on Saturday, with a new row over who controls the local police force. The State Prosecutor says both local and national police have been temporarily placed under a single chain of commands, and will take orders from interior ministry in Madrid.
The Catalan's interior chief, Joaquim Forn, says his department and Catalan's police do not accept that decision. The regional government is pressing ahead with plans to hold a referendum, which will ask if Catalonia should be an independent country in the form of a republic. Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended the October 1st vote.
The police, known as the Mossos d'Esquadra, are one of the symbols of Catalonia's autonomy. For many Catalans, the decision may be reminiscent of the 1936 to 39 Spanish Civil War, and subsequent dictatorship of Francisco Franco when the muzzles were abolished. Several pro-independence groups have called for widespread protests on Sunday in central Barcelona.