Spain, Catalonia tussle over control of Mossos police
Saturday 23/September/2017 - 11:51 PM
Spain's central government and regional Catalan authorities tussled Saturday over who controls the regional police force that is considered key to the success of a planned Oct. 1 independence vote for the northeastern region.
The Catalan government has already vowed to push ahead with the referendum، which the Spanish government considers illegal — and on Saturday said it was refusing to hand over control of the Mossos d'Esquadra police force to Spain's Interior Ministry.
The ministry had announced earlier in the day it would begin coordinating all police efforts in Catalonia to crack down on preparations for the vote، including sending direct orders to the "Mossos" — as the northeastern region's largest police force are often called.
The control of the Catalan police has become a sensitive topic as the political confrontation between the pro-independence regional government and central authorities has poured onto the streets of Barcelona and elsewhere in Catalonia.
There have been intermittent pro-referendum protests، at times by thousands of people، since a judge ordered raids in Catalan government offices and arrested a dozen officials on Wednesday. All the arrested this week had been released by Friday، although six of them remain under investigation for allegedly helping in the logistics for the vote. - PressTV