Municipal Police Guards Ballot Boxes Site, As Referendum Intervention Continues

The municipal police of Barcelona (Guardia Urbana) arrived this morning to guard the city's garages, where ballot boxes for the Oct. 1st referendum and other election materials were being held. A police truck and several officers secured the entrances to the garages, located in the city's outskirts, and allowed no one to enter or leave, according to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. Sources said that the police were acting on orders from the district Attorney General's office to prevent electoral materials that belong to the Spanish state from being moved elsewhere.

The police are likely to remain there until this Sunday, when the referendum is scheduled to take place. This came as the High Court of Justice of Catalonia ordered police forces across Catalonia to stop the use of public spaces during the Oct. 1st referendum.