Spanish police storm Catalan government buildings to stop independence referendum

If the Catalans don’t want to be part of Spain, why would Spain insist on keeping the Catalans in Spain? (There are a million reasons. But really, if they want to leave, let them leave.)

(From The Independent)

Spanish national police have stormed ministries and buildings belonging to Catalonia’s regional government to put a stop to the region’s independence referendum.

The Guardia Civil, which acts with the authority of Madrid’s interior ministry, is searching for evidence regarding the planned 1 October referendum on Catalan independence, which Spain’s Constitutional Court has declared illegal.

In the early hours of the morning armed officers arrived at various Catalan ministries, including the economy department, foreign affairs department, and social affairs department, Spanish media reports.

At least twelve Catalan officials are said to have been arrested, including the chief aide to Catalonia’s deputy prime minister, Josep Maria JovĂ©. The arrests come as the mayors of Catalan towns who back the referendum were yesterday questioned by state prosecutors.

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