Juncker: I'd respect a Catalan Yes vote

В Каталонии дали официальный старт кампании за независимость

"When Constitutional Court struck down Statute, which had previously been voted by parliaments in Catalan and Spanish and approved in referendum by citizens of Catalunya, broke covenant constitution of 1978".

The president of Catalan government, Carles Puigdemont, vice-president of Catalan Government, Oriol Junqueras, president of Parliament, Carme Forcadell, and mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, have sent a joint letter to Mariano Rajoy, with a copy to Philip VI to agree to referendum. "What kind of people do they think we Catalans are?" "In Catalonia, we are democrats".

Catalan separatists have officially launched their campaign for an independence referendum.

The court had earlier accepted an appeal against the independence referendum, whose celebration is now illegal under Spanish law.

"The state will pay to a great extent (civil servants) salaries". Colau announced Thursday that voting stations would instead open in facilities owned by the regional government.

Puigdemont has said no minimum turnout will be required to make the result binding.

More than 700 mayors have pledged to hold the referendum, but they head up mostly small municipalities.

The government of the wealthy northeastern region has pledged to hold a referendum on breaking away from Spain on October 1 in defiance of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who has declared the event illegal and is bringing the weight of the state to bear to prevent it.

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Prosecutors have also filed legal proceedings against the five members of an electoral board set up by the regional government to oversee the banned vote.

Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont, who faces criminal charges for organising the referendum, says he has over 6,000 ballot boxes ready to deploy next month, but their whereabouts are a secret.

"We are acting firmly to ensure the rights and liberties of everyone and will react to whatever the secessionists do", he said.

A judge shut down the referendum's official website late Wednesday — but minutes later the content had been replicated through servers overseas.

Asked during a TV interview if an operation was under way to stop the event in Tarragona, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said: "You can't cooperate and you can't participate in this referendum".

On Thursday, the Spanish government reminded local municipal governments that using public premises for a vote "or any other activity that helps the referendum take place" is a violation of the law.

In July, a poll commissioned by the regional government found that 49.4 percent of Catalans were against independence while 41.1 supported it.

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