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Students rally in Barcelona to defend Catalan vote

29 Setiembre 2017, 07:03 | Bibiana Flor

Students rally in Barcelona to defend Catalan vote

A woman hands out ballots to vote on Oct. 1 referendum on the Catalonia region's independence at a stand organised by students of the public university in Barcelona Spain Thursday Sept. 28 2017. Regional leaders have said that if the

Teachers and students at some schools in Catalonia are organising to keep schools open to serve as polling stations for Sunday's outlawed referendum on independence from Spain.

In the football world, "the Barca also acted as a binder", he says, pointing out that fans of the football club are not "only in Barcelona but in the whole of Catalonia".

"We pay our taxes to the government and we didn't receive back all that we need", Boluda said.

Students marching for independence of Spain's Catalonia region say a crackdown by the central government in Madrid that has escalated ahead of a planned referendum in the region has heightened separatist sentiments among the people.

Catalonian authorities on Friday announced that over 2,300 polling stations were available for an independence referendum that has already been ruled unconstitutional by Spanish courts.

"This referendum does not solve anything, it is a problem because it pits the two sides of Catalonia against each other", said Alex Ramos, the vice president of a group that opposes secession called the Sociedad Civil Catalana (SCC).

Catalan separatists called the referendum on September 6 despite a ban by Spain's Constitutional Court and with little debate allowed in the regional parliament.

What are the tractors for?

"Simply leave them there, without going further".

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency Raul Romeva speaks with the media at the delegation offices in Brussels today.

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He insisted, however, that the Catalan police force take their orders from local authorities.

In the event of a Yes vote, Madrid is likely to do everything in its power to declare the poll illegal and non-binding.

He said: "In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga - Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona - will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the Premier League". The Spanish government rejected that.

"Since its foundation Barca has reflected the social and political ideas of Catalonia", said Carles Feixa, a sports anthropologist at the city's Pompeu Fabra university. "I believe that each one of our members and fans can express whatever they want, but we ask them to do it respectfully".

"For new generations, the idea of Catalonia as a nation is now quite a deep-rooted idea as it's present from (the start of) education", Catalan philosopher and political analyst Josep Ramoneda tells AFP.

Catalan leaders have appealed for help from the European Union, saying Madrid has undermined the bloc's democratic values.

If arrests and negotiation don't stop the movement, Spain's central government has the option of using Article 155 of the constitution and officially suspending self-government in Catalonia.

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