]>> Scuffles breaking out in Barcelona between Catalan independence supporters and those against a vote for an independent state. As the region prepares for a referendum deemed illegal on Sunday. Authorities in Madrid are doing all they can to stop the region's banned vote. Police have sealed off 1,300 schools previously designated as polling stations.
But they were met with those who think the referendum must go ahead. Families spent the night in schools with their children and say they wont leave until Sunday to keep them open for voters. Police have also occupied the Catalan government's communications hub. And authorities have also told the tech giant Google to delete an app that it says was spreading information on the boat.
In Madrid, thousands are protesting to keep the country united. Tens of thousands of Catalans are expected to attempt to vote in a ballot that will have no legal status. As it's been blocked by Spain's constitutional courts for being at odds with the 1978 constitution. Catalonia is a wealthy region within Spain with its own language.
It has a high degree of autonomy but it's not recognized as a separate nation. Despite central governments efforts to prevent the referendum Catalan leader Carlos Pushamont told Reuter's on Friday it won't go ahead.