" Spain is determined to prevent a Catalonian
referendum on independence, even though its tough attitude toward
Catalan leaders has probably only increased enthusiasm for a measure
with questionable support.
A new round in a long game of chicken
began earlier this month, after Catalonia’s president, Carles
Puigdemont, announced an independence referendum on Oct. 1. Spain’s
culture, sport and education minister, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, vowed:
“What I can say is what will not happen on Oct. 1 — an illegal referendum that goes against the Constitution.” "
People take part in a rally in support of a referendum on Catalan independence in Barcelona, Spain.