Spanish Civil Guards confiscate items for Catalan referendum

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-29 18:52:41|Editor: ying
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MADRID, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Spanish Civil Guards have confiscated around 100 ballot boxes, along with 2.5 million voting papers and 4 million envelopes which were supposedly to be used in the Catalan independence referendum scheduled for Sunday.

The referendum has been declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court which has given instructions to police to confiscate all material designated for this purpose.

The discovery took place in the town of Igualada late on Thursday night with the locality's Mayor, Marc Castells, confirming the seizure.

However, Castells informed the media that the ballot boxes that were seized were not to be used in the independence vote, but for a possible vote for a new president of FC Barcelona, which was cancelled after the failure of a censure motion against current Barca President Josep Maria Bartomeu around a month ago.

Just before midnight the Association of Civil Guards tweeted that two people had thrown "an incendiary device" against the wall of the Civil Guard barracks in Igualada.

The "incendiary device," which caused no injuries or damage to the building, was later found to be a bundle of clothes.

Thursday's seizure means that since Sept. 20 police and Civil Guards have seized over million ballot papers and 1.5 million posters promoting the referendum.

Meanwhile uncertainty still exists in the Catalan region over whether the Catalan Regional Police (Mossos d'Esquadra) should follow the instructions of the Catalan Prosecutor's Office and seal off public buildings designated to be used as polling stations.

The Mossos have been ordered to lock and seal off the buildings, such as schools, when they finish classes on Friday night. But they have indicated that they may not do this if they consider that it could cause a greater disruption of public order than it is meant to prevent.