In clear sign that Catalonia means business the autonomous region unveiled a new ballot box in preparation for Sunday’s (October 1) referendum on secession from Spain. Leading political figures in the region insist the vote, which has thrust Spain’s central government into its most dramatic crisis in decades, will go ahead as planned.
But Catalonia, it seems, is adamant its citizens should be allowed to express their opinion.
“We are sure that the Catalan citizens will vote on Sunday”, said Catalonia’s Vice President, Oriol Junqueras i Vies. “And will do so with the same civilized and sensible attitude that they have always shown”.
Madrid claims the vote is unconstitutional and has sent thousands of police officers to the region to thwart it.