The Spanish government reiterated its angry rhetoric this morning that the “Catalan referendum won’t happen” with igo Mndez de Vigo saying “organizers will be held responsible,” after they unveiled the ballot boxes and discussed the 2,315 polling stations to be used.
Madrid, which claims the authority of a constitution that declares the country to be indivisible, remained implacably opposed to the vote. As Reuters reports,
‘I insist that there will be no referendum on Oct. 1,’ central government spokesman Mendez de Vigo told a news conference following the weekly cabinet meeting, reiterating that the vote was illegal. It appears the Catalans are ignoring him… In a sign that large crowds are again expected on the streets on Sunday, department store chain El Corte Ingles said it would shut three stores in central Barcelona. The central government said airspace above the city would be partly restricted. Lines of tractors draped in the red-and-yellow striped Catalan flag left provincial towns on Friday, planning to converge on Barcelona in a sign of support for the referendum.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 29, 2017.