The arrest of senior Catalan officials and the seizure of campaign material by the police have undermined plans to hold a referendum for independence from Spain on October 1, according to regional officials.

With the referendum having been declared an illegal act, state police arrested Catalonia’s junior economy minister, Josep Maria Jove, in an unprecedented raid of regional government offices.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, police also raided printers, newspaper offices and priv...


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