Spanish government acting ‘beyond the limits of a respectable democracy’ but vote will go ahead, says Carles Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont: Spain’s attempt to block Catalonia’s referendum is a violation of our basic rights

The president of Catalonia has accused the Spanish government of acting “beyond the limits of a respectable democracy” and violating fundamental rights in its latest efforts to prevent an independence referendum from being held in 10 days’ time.

But writing in the Guardian a day after Spanish Guardia Civil officers raided regional government buildings and arrested 14 senior officials, Carles Puigdemont insists the vote will go ahead despite the mounting pressure.

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