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Spanish Police to Take Over Catalan Polling Stations to Thwart Independence Vote

•, Jason Ditz

Despite ever-growing national police operations in his region, Catalonia's Foreign Minister Raul Romeva has echoed the sentiments of other top Catalan officials, vowing the October 1 referendum on secession will take place as planned.

Spanish officials continue to step up the crackdown, and now say it is there intention to have national police physically occupy every voting station in Catalonia to ensure that no votes are cast. How practical this is remains to be seen, as ballot papers have already been passed out en masse for days.

Catalonia remains confident. "I don't have any doubt," Romeva insisted, adding that Catalan officials have found ways around everything that the national government has done so far, and that they can print as many ballot papers as needed.

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