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More than 700 mayors in the region of Catalonia were named in a criminal probe Wednesday for their part in an independence referendum deemed illegal by the Spanish government.
Catalonia’s pro-separatist government is preparing for its most serious attempt at independence in recent years after calling a binding referendum vote for Oct. 1. Spain’s national government strictly opposes the referendum and has threatened to arrest people behind the vote if they go ahead with their plans.
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“If anyone urges you to go to a polling station, don’t go because the referendum can’t take place, it would be an absolutely illegal act,” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
So far 712 out of 948 municipalities have agreed to participate by providing polling locations. Mayors from the affected communities have been summoned to court by Spain’s public prosecutor, according to AFP.
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“They can arrest us, they’re crazy!” David Rovira, the mayor of...
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