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A man holds pro-referendum posters reading in Catalan "Vote to be free" as Spanish Civil Guards and Catalan regional police officers 'Mossos D'Esquadra" stand in front of the Economy headquarters  of Catalonia's regional government in Barcelona on September 20, 2019, during a search by Spain's Guardia Civil police.


The operation comes amid mounting tensions as Catalan leaders press ahead with preparations for an independence referendum on October 1 despite Madrid's ban and a court ruling deeming it illegal.

 / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO        (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
A man holds pro-referendum posters reading in Catalan "Vote to be free" as Spanish Civil Guards and Catalan regional police officers 'Mossos D'Esquadra" stand in front of the Economy headquarters  of Catalonia's regional government in Barcelona on September 20, 2019, during a search by Spain's Guardia Civil police.


The operation comes amid mounting tensions as Catalan leaders press ahead with preparations for an independence referendum on October 1 despite Madrid's ban and a court ruling deeming it illegal.

 / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO        (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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La policía precintó los colegios de electorales en un intento de evitar que las autoridades proindependentistas instalen las mesas electorales para realizar el referendo del 1 de octubre.