Catalonia: Spanish gendarmes raid premises of newspaper in search of referendum material

Catalonia: Spanish gendarmes raid premises of newspaper in search of referendum material

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Spain's Guardia Civil raided the premises of the weekly newspaper El Vallenc in Catalonia on Saturday in search of referendum material.

According to news reports, four Spanish gendarmes turned up at the newspaper’s HQ on carrer Colom, in the southern town of Valls (Catalonia) in search of any material that might be used to hold the referendum on independence slated for October 1.

Outside the weekly’s office, a group of about three hundred people gathered in answer to a call on Twitter by the Catalan National Assembly’s local chapter in Valls. Demonstrators are shouting slogans in favour of the referendum and against the raid and are chanting: “Where are the ballot slips? Oh, where could they be?”, mocking the ongoing police operation.

At one point a group brought out a ballot box and cast a symbolic vote, under the watchful gaze of the Spanish gendarmes.

The raid comes less than 24 hours after the Guardia Civil eventually entered the premises of Indugraf, a print shop in Constantí where they had been monitoring the comings and goings of employees for two days. The search yielded no results because, according to company sources, the gendarmes found nothing to do with the independence vote.

Source: Reports 

 

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