Catalonia pushes ahead with 'illegal' independence vote
Students wear Esteladas (Catalan separatist flag) during a demonstration in favor of the banned October 1 independence referendum in Barcelona, Spain. The graffiti on the wall reads, "We will vote!". Catalonia's leader made clear his government was...more
Firemen react as they hang a huge banner in favour of the banned October 1 independence referendum at the Catalonia's History Museum in Barcelona. The central government, which has sent thousands of police reinforcements to the region to prevent...more
Students carry an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) as they attend a demonstration in Barcelona. "Everything is prepared at the more than 2,000 voting points so they have ballot boxes and voting slips, and have everything people need to express...more
Students wear Esteladas during a demonstration in Barcelona. Courts have ordered police to cordon off schools scheduled to be used as ballot stations. In a bid to keep them open, parents have called for a mass school sleepover this weekend, with...more
A student offers ballots to citizens as she protests in favour of the referendum outside the University of Barcelona. Separatists have called on people to turn out early at polling stations in a mass statement of "peaceful resistance," even if they...more
A man inserts a dummy ballot which reads "Do you want Catalonia to remain in Spain, Yes" into a ballot box in a symbolic vote organized by a private organization in Madrid. Madrid, which claims the authority of a constitution that declares the...more
A crowd of protesters lift up a ballot box outside the Catalan region's economy ministry building after junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove was arrested by Spanish police during a raid on several government offices, in Barcelona. Hundreds of...more
A website with information relating to the referendum, which was closed down by Spain's civil guard under a warrant from Catalonia's High Court, is seen in this illustration photo in Madrid. Catalan leader Puigdemont called on the police not to act...more
Protesters gather outside the Catalan region's economy ministry building during a raid by Spanish police on government offices, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Susana Vera
Volunteers helping with the referendum try to block protesters in a bid to contain the situation, during a raid on the Catalan region's economy ministry building by Spanish police in Barcelona. The sign reads: "We shall overcome, we will vote."...more
Protesters are pushed by Mossos d'Esquadra riot officers outside the Catalan region's economy ministry building during a raid by Spanish police on government offices, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Protesters shout slogans next to a damaged Spanish Civil Guard patrol car outside the Catalan region's economy ministry building during a raid by Spanish police on government offices, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Protesters against a banned referendum on independence in Catalonia hold flares during a demonstration in Barcelona. REUTERS/Susana Vera
A man walks past a crosswalk, painted in the form of an Estelada in Arenys de Munt, north of Barcelona. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Students attend a demonstration in favor of the referendum in Barcelona. REUTERS/Juan Medina
Spanish flags are seen on the facade of Moderno hotel in Madrid. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on a screen through a bus during a live video conference for a colloquium with students and citizens as they protest in favour of the referendum outside the University of Barcelona, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Jon...more
A woman displays an Estelada from a balcony at the Catalan region's economy ministry building during a raid by Spanish police on government offices, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Susana Vera
A man holds up a scarf with the colors of the Spanish flag as he takes part in a protest called by a group of Spanish friends outside the Palau de la Generalitat, the regional government headquarters in Barcelona. The words on the scarf reads, "I am...more
A man holds up a carnation next to a Spanish civil guard during a raid on a Unipost office in search of material for the referendum, in Terrassa. REUTERS/Albert Gea
A protestor holds up a sign in front of a Catalan police outside the Catalan region's foreign affairs ministry building during a raid by Spanish police on government offices, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Susana Vera
Catalan police officers remove a protester from the street outside a Unipost office that was raided in search of material for the referendum, in Terrassa. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Protesters wave Esteladas at a line of Spanish national police who surrounded the leftist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party headquarters in Barcelona. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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