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Police trying to shut down a banned independence referendum in Catalonia have fired rubber bullets at protesters in Barcelona. Thousands of officers are deployed across the region with orders to seize ballot boxes. (01.10.2017)
About 45,000 people marched past the European Union headquarters in support of Catalonia's independence. The protesters chanted "Wake up, Europe!" and waved Catalonia's red, yellow and blue Estelada separatist flag.
Two prominant Catalan lawmakers and two pro-independence activists have been refused bail by Spain's Supreme Court. Six other separatists were released on bail and intend to run in this month's regional elections.
Exiled leader Carles Puigdemont called on Catalonia to refuse "submission" to Madrid. The central government has called regional elections after charging Catalan leaders with "rebellion."
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