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The Debate

Confiscated vote? Escalation over banned Catalonia referendum

Authorities in Madrid have taken their standoff with Barcelona to a whole new level, raiding government offices, arresting Catalan cabinet members and confiscating 10 million ballot papers, all to thwart a banned October 1 independence referendum. It's hard to see how the vote can happen.Has Madrid won the battle but lost the PR war? We'll question the reasons for a second referendum attempt. And if Catalans really want independence, why has the reaction been so much stronger this time?

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Produced by Daniel BARNEY, Theodora LOULOUDIS and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.

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