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“The situation in Catalonia deteriorated last week, when Spain’s Civil Guard detained over a dozen of people in a raid related to the preparations for the independence vote. Numerous searches were also held in a number of governmental institutions, including Catalonia's government. The activities of the Spanish authorities have triggered a wave of protests across the country's northeastern region.

On September 6, Catalonia’s Parliament passed a bill enabling the independence referendum to be held on October 1. Madrid called the bill illegal and challenged it in the nation's Constitutional Court. The next day, the Constitutional Court accepted the lawsuit for review, which means suspension of the legislation.”

— Sputnik International: Spain's State Prosecutor Says Detention of Catalan President Possible (Sep. 26 2017)

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