Barcelona mayor: European Union can't remain passive on Catalan vote

Barcelona mayor: European Union can't remain passive on Catalan vote

Barcelona mayor: European Union can't remain passive on Catalan vote

A "yes" vote is likely, given that most of the 40 percent of Catalans who polls show support independence are expected to cast ballots while most of those against it are not.

The EU should do its duty as a repository of democratic values by telling Spain to allow a referendum on Catalan independence to take place, the region's foreign affairs chief said.

Some students have said they may occupy schools and universities that could be used as polling station in Sunday's referendum in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain which is home to some 7.5 million people.

Senior Spanish government officials said authorities had done enough to prevent a meaningful referendum as Catalonia lacked an election commission, ballot boxes, ballot papers, a transparent census and election material.

Barcelona's Mayor Ada Colau called on the European Union to intervene in the conflict between the Autonomous Region of Catalonia and the central government in Madrid, reports Bgnes.

"The Catalan question can no longer be considered merely an internal Spanish matter, it now needs to be approached from its proper European perspective..."

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A report by Reporters Without Borders on Thursday said the regional government's drive to impose its side of the story in local, Spanish and worldwide media has "crossed the red lines". However, local authorities say Catalans would decide on the issue once and for all in the upcoming referendum.

Spokeswoman Pauline Ades-Mevel called on Catalan authorities to come out against the stigmatization of Spanish media, saying it smacked of electoral campaigns such as those of Donald Trump and other "reactionary movements".

Barcelona's mayor Ada Colau on September 28 called for European Union mediation in the standoff over Catalonia's planned independence referendum in an opinion piece in Britain's Guardian daily.

Romeva accused the Spanish government of a "brutal crackdown" on Catalan officials to try to prevent Sunday's referendum, which Spain considers to be illegal, and that it's "generated an unprecedented level of shock".

"We are not just facing an institutional dispute but also a social and political conflict that clearly has to be resolved by political means", Colau said.

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