Saturday, 30 September 2017

Catalonia independence vote IT systems 'shut down'

Spain's foreign minister has insisted "there is no referendum" in Catalonia, as authorities claimed to have pulled the plug on the vote's IT systems.
Alfonso Dastis told Sky News there are "no voting premises, no ballot papers... no authorities to check the authenticity of the result".

However, he admitted there could be "sham voting" in the region, located in Spain's northeast, where millions could turn out, according to some projections.

Mr Dastis said police would act proportionately on Sunday but that authorities were having to deal with "intimidation and harassment" from vote supporters.

He also hinted of further powers for the region after the attempted referendum: "We'll certainly try to look at a possible of a better deal," he told Sky.

Spain's constitutional court has ruled that the vote is illegal and the government says the process makes a mockery of democracy.

Thousands of extra police have been drafted in from across Spain to try to stop it going ahead.

However, the regional police, the Mossos d'Esquadra, has warned of "disruption of public order" if people are prevented from having their say.

SKY                 News.

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