Independence leaders call on voters to behave responsibly while Madrid maintains poll will not take place

The Catalan government has laid out its plans for the referendum on independence from Spain, claiming that more than 7,200 people will staff 2,315 polling stations across the region to stage a vote that has triggered the country’s worst territorial crisis since its return to democracy four decades ago.

On Friday afternoon, the pro-independence regional government unveiled plastic ballot boxes and predicted that 60% of Catalonia’s 5.3 million eligible voters would head to the polls on Sunday in defiance of the Spanish government, the police and the courts.

Related: Spain crisis: ‘stop this radicalism and disobedience,’ PM tells Catalan leaders

(June 28, 2010) 

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