Catalonia referendum: Spain steps up raids to halt vote – BBC News
Spanish police have detained 14 Catalan officials and raided regional government ministries involved in organising an independence vote declared illegal by Spain’s government.
Tensions were already high before Josep Maria Jové, number two in the Catalan vice-presidency, and others were held.
Thousands of Catalans took to the streets in protest and the region’s president complained of a power grab.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the state had been forced to act.
The region’s separatist government is defying an order by Spain’s Constitutional Court to suspend the 1 October referendum law passed by the Catalan parliament last month.