France 24 :   Spain seals off majority of Catalan polling stations but Catalan leader ‘won’t give up’

Spain seals off majority of Catalan polling stations but Catalan leader ‘won’t give up’

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said Saturday he and his supporters would not “give up” their rights, speaking on the eve of an independence vote that Madrid has banned and is trying hard to block.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170930-spain-catalonia-police-1300-schools-polling-stations-independence-referendum-families-occup

By Saturday, the interior ministry said it had sealed most of the 2,315 polling stations in the wealthy northeastern Spanish region in an effort to prevent Sunday’s referendum.

However, teachers, parents, students and activists have leapt into action, defying warnings of repercussions by occupying at least 160 schools designated as polling stations.

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