Spain sends more police to Catalonia to block referendum

Spain’s Interior Ministry said on Friday it was sending more state police to Catalonia to maintain order and make sure a banned referendum on independence does not take place. Catalonia, which wants to hold a vote on October 1 to split from Spain, has its own police called Mossos d’Esquadra, though the state police Guardia Civil has quarters throughout the region and often works alongside them. The Spanish media said between 3,000 and 4,000 had already arrived or were on their way. They would join the roughly 5,000 state police normally stationed in Catalonia and around 17,000 Mossos officers. They will act as a backup for the Mossos, who will remain in charge, the ministry said. (Reuters)

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