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Spain Vows to Block Catalonia's Bid for Independence Vote


Spain has vowed to block the bid for an independence referendum by the leader of Spain's Catalonia region Artur Mas who signed a decree on Saturday authorizing the vote for November 9, supported by hundreds of protesters outside his office in Barcelona, Euronews reported Sunday.

"The nation's government has the obligation to protect the rule of law and the rights of Spanish people. Therefore, I'd like to inform you that, this morning, we have taken the first steps to request a judicial review against the referendum decree," Spain's deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria was quoted as saying by Euronews.

Earlier, Artur Mas assured that the voting would be peaceful and in respect with the Spanish law.

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