Police seized ballot boxes and ballot papers on Sunday that were to be used in an independence referendum in Catalonia deemed illegal by Madrid, Spain’s interior ministry said.
“These are the first ballot boxes and ballots seized by police in Barcelona. Officers are continuing their deployment in Catalonia,” Spain’s interior ministry said in a Twitter message that included a picture of four plastic ballot boxes.
Riot police cordoned off a polling station in the Catalan town of Girona where the region’s separatist leader was due to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid.
A reporter for AFPTV said scuffles broke out as police arrived. The interior ministry said agents had deployed across Catalonia.