Police ordered to seize ballot boxes ahead of Catalonia vote

The vote is set for October 1st and the northeastern region’s separatists are determined to go ahead with it despite Madrid’s refùsal and a coùrt ban, as a strùggle between Catalonia and Spain’s central government escalates dramatically.

On Tuesday, the chiefs of the Guardia Civil and National Police forces, and of the Mossos d’Esquadra — a regional squad controlled by the Catalan government — were called to the prosecutor’s office in Barcelona.