Spain's Guardia Civil raids Catalan government offices

Reuters

Police have arrested at least 12 people in raids on Catalan government offices, ahead of an independence referendum authorities in Spain are calling illegal.

In response, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the regional government offices, which are in the centre of Barcelona's tourist district.

The Guardia Civil raids also prompted a few thousand people to demonstrate on the streets of Barcelona. There were no reports of arrests or injuries.

He added: "This is a judicial operation which is being done to guarantee ... that the law is respected".

Police confiscated almost 10 million ballot papers, the Interior Ministry said.

Besides arresting Josep Maria Jove, the junior economy minister, police also entered the local governmental offices of the economy, interior, foreign affairs, welfare, telecommunications and tax, Catalan government sources said.

September 21: Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras admits that plans to hold the referendum have been dealt a blow by the police crackdown.

Later in the day, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy denounced the referendum as undemocratic and called for Catalonia's pro-independence leaders to "stop this escalation of radicalism and disobedience once and for all" in a televised statement.

The hugely controversial vote was called by the Catalan assembly - where a majority of representatives are pro-independence - and has not been officially sanctioned by the Spanish government.

"In these last hours, and especially today, the Spanish state has suspended de facto Catalonia's self-government and has applied a de facto state of emergency". Most opposition parties are also against the vote. "We will do all we can for democracy and freedom to prevail".

Spain became a democratic country forty years ago.

Assad forces raft across River Euphrates
It said "shock troops" had already captured several villages on the river's eastern banks from IS and were pushing further east. The Syrian government estimates about 70,000 people have survived on erratic air drops of food and supplies during the siege.

Protests occurred outside the Catalan economy ministry in the heart of Barcelona.

"Logically, the state has to react".

Spanish police officers were "besieged" by demonstrators until 3 am in the building of the Catalan economy ministry, in Rambla de Catalunya. It gave no details on the number of agents involved.

The country's interior ministry asked Catalan port authorities to provide a berth for one ship until October 3 - two days after the planned vote - saying it was a matter of state, a spokeswoman for the port said by phone Wednesday.

Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro signed an order late Tuesday that limits new credit and requires central authorities' supervision for every payment of non-essential services in Catalonia, the ministry said.

"What you and some members of other political forces have done is extremely serious and, as you profoundly know, anti-democratic", Rajoy told Catalonian MP Gabriel Rufián, as cited by El País.

Catalan leader accuses Spain of "totalitarian attitude" and "unlawful" arrest of officials.

Ms Sturgeon replied: "I think most people would agree that the situation in Catalonia is of concern". The region, like others in Spain, has broad self-governing powers.

"We welcome and celebrate the demonstrations in Barcelona, Catalonia and around Spain".

But polls show Catalonia's roughly 7.5 million residents are divided on independence.

Related News:



Most liked

Chelsea Confirm Diego Costa's Move To Atlético Madrid
And Thibaut Courtois' tweet from September 1 suggests Chelsea's players were beginning to believe Costa could stay, too. Costa's last game for Chelsea was May's FA Cup final loss to Arsenal when he scored the last of his 59 goals .

N Korean missiles passing over Japan must not become routine
Nikki Haley told CBS News the United States had lots of military options on North Korea that stop short of destroying the country. Instead, he said, the worldwide community should strictly implement the sanctions imposed on North Korea by the U.N.

Trump to campaign for odd on Friday in Huntsville
Moore is a grass-roots conservative, an outspoken critic of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Washington "swamp". Even President Donald Trump , who's had spats with McConnell, is on board to make sure unusual keeps his seat.

Rahul admits UPA government failed on jobs, praises 'Make in India' policy
There is a belt of 100 million tribal people who do not feel comfortable with the vision (of the BJP), he said. When asked what he thought was the central challenge facing the country, Gandhi said it was the lack of jobs.

Why is Toshiba's Memory Chip Business so Valuable?
All because of the legal action launched by Toshiba's scorned JV partner in the chipmaking business, U.S. group Western Digital . The transaction includes Toshiba's $3.1 billion investment in the unit, as well as stakes from Apple Inc .

Amazon building smart glasses
Several other Glass researchers, engineers and designers also have moved to Amazon's labs, analysis of LinkedIn profiles shows. Priced at $149.99 (roughly Rs. 10,000), the new tablet promises a higher screen resolution, more storage , and battery life.

Matthew Vaughn Wants to Make 'Kingsman 3' and Spin-Off Movies
So what happened to that extra 1 hour and 20 minutes? The Kingsman are not welcome in a new clip from The Golden Circle . After all, that film did for spies what Kick-Ass did for comic-book superheroes, and raked in more than $400m worldwide.

Mattoon High School issues statement on shooting
Students were being shuttled off the campus to Riddle Elementary School, where parents will be allowed to pick up their kids. Police in central IL say a teacher subdued a male student who shot and wounded another student in a high school cafeteria.

Hogan: Health care law repeal doesn't work for Maryland
The latest GOP effort has received relatively little attention, overshadowed by last week's introduction by Sen. Paul has announced his opposition to the legislation, saying it doesn't go far enough in repealing "Obamacare".

Apple Admits Its New Apple Watch Series 3 Has a Big Problem
Some marquee features of the watch, like voice calls and Siri, failed to work reliably because of its shoddy cell connection. Reviews of the new watch were posted on Wednesday morning, and most were users were disappointed with the product.

Kenya Supreme Court: 'No choice but to accept' opposition hacking claims
As an indictment of the electoral commission and a statement of the supremacy of law, it was searing and inspiring. The ruling did not attribute any blame to Kenyatta's party or campaign.

Dolphins Suspend LB Lawrence Timmons Indefinitely Following Weekend Disappearance
A team spokesman told NFL Network's Steve Wyche before the game that his absence was not team or football related. When asked by reporters about Timmons's future with the team, Gase, said he had "nothing to add".

Edmunds Augmented Reality Feature Sizes Up New-Car Garage Fit
The iOS 11 update is available for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone SE, and iPhone 5s. Here's a complete step-by-step tutorial on how to download and install watchOS 4 final on your Apple Watch right now.

'Vicious' Sanctions Will Only Speed Up Nuclear Program: North Korea
The North conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3 and was subsequently hit with tough, fresh United Nations sanctions . Trump, in a tweet, asserted that long lines for gas were forming in North Korea , and he said that was "too bad".

National Football League team values rise, Dallas Cowboys worth $4.8B
The team rose in value by 16 percent thanks to the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the sponsorship dollars committed. A article published by Forbes on Monday said that the value of the Jacksonville Jaguars has risen to $2.075 billion.