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Spanish police closes most polls for Catalonia referendum
09:08, 1 October 2017
Spanish police closes most polls for Catalonia referendum

Groups of people are standing in the way of the police officers in some buildings

09:08, 1 October 2017

BBC

The Ministry of the Interior of Spain informs that most of the buildings, that are to be used as polls for the referendum for the independence of Catalonia, are closed, according to the Ministry’s Twitter.

The Ministry of Interior also says that in some of the buildings, groups of people are standing in the police officers’ way, including children and elderly.

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The statement also phrases a hope that the Catalonian police will prevent such cases, according to the decision of the court.

As it was reported earlier, the Spanish authorities announced their intention to block polling stations. In addition, on the eve of the referendum in Spain, 150 sites with information on voting were blocked. Later, the police seized about 2.5 million ballots, as well as 4 million envelopes  for voting in the referendum on the independence of Catalonia.

On September 29, on the eve of the referendum, several thousand people went to the rally. Later supporters of the referendum began to occupy premises in some schools in Barcelona, where a poll is scheduled for October 1.

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