Police Seal Off 1,300 Polling Stations In Catalonia

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Updated September 30, 2017
Protestors hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia called by the xenophobic far-right party ‘Platform for Catalonia’ (PXC) in front of the Spanish National Police headquarters in Barcelona, on September 30, 2017.Photo: PAU BARRENA / AFP

Police in Catalonia have sealed off 1,300 polling stations in the region as authorities move to stop an independence referendum which has been banned by Madrid from taking place, the central government said Saturday.

“Of the 2,315 polling stations… 1,300 have been sealed off by the Mossos d’Esquadra,” the Catalan police force, said Enric Millo, the central government’s representative in Catalonia, adding that 163 of these were being “peacefully” occupied by people who will be allowed to leave though no one will be allowed in.