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Catalan referendum: Barcelona braces for confrontation ahead of banned independence vote

Barcelona, one of Europe's biggest tourist destinations, is starting to resemble a war zone.

Thousands of national police have been moved into the city to stop regional authorities holding an independence referendum on Sunday.

On Thursday, students and other activists began staging protests and sit-ins to defend what they see as their right to vote. The city is bracing for what could be the worst civil confrontation since democracy was restored in the 1980s.

by fjallstrom on Sun Oct 1st, 2017 at 08:19:48 AM EST

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