Referendum day in BarcelonaDownload
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People waiting to vote at the Sedeta de Gracia´s Centre Civic.
Students, their parents, associations and neighbours have organized to carry out "playful activities" during the weekend and keep open the Sedeta de Gracia´s Centre Civic.
Since early in the morning dozens of people wait at the college´s door for the voting time under the rain.
Mossos d´Escuadra said they won´t do nothing if that can destabilize social order.
Catalonia is awaiting for today, October 1st, when the Spanish Region wants to vote in a self-determination referendum to get a independence.
The Referendum´s Law was passed on last September 6th at the Catalonian Parliament thanks to the votes of "Junts pel Sí" and "CUP". Then it was suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court, on next day.
Carles Puigdemont, the President of the Government of Catalonia, said he would ignore that and he and his Government will continue with the Referendum.
The Spanish Government has sent to Catalonia thousands of "Guardia Civil" and "Policía Nacional" officers (two of the Spanish forces and state security forces), to enforce the ruling of the Constitutional Court and avoid the voting process on next Sunday. They will work with the Mossos d´Escuadra (the Autonomic police in Catalonia).
To avoid the vote, the Spanish Government has prevented the opening of polling stations, some of which are schools.
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