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Madrid rushes to get in way of Catalan independence vote

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A “Senyera” (Catalan flag) is seen through a grid in a window shop in Barcelona, Spain

Central powers of Spain have rushed to block the independence referendum planned by the region of Catalonia and threatened with charges to Catalan regional MPs.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports that a long-running campaign for independence by a group of Catalan politicians, who hold a majority in the regional parliament, peaked on Wednesday, September 6, when they passed a law to allow a vote on breaking away from Spain planned to take place on October 1.

Spain’s constitution sets forth that the country is indivisible and Spanish Constitutional Court, stopped the force of the referendum law on Thursday, September 7, to give judges time to review, whether the vote is in violation of the constitution.

Also on Thursday, Spain’s state prosecutor’s office announced it would press criminal charges against leading members of the Catalan parliament for not blocking the Wednesday’s parliamentary vote, but Catalan MPs have stated they were prepared to go to prison over Catalan independence vote.

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