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Spain's central government takes control of Catalonia's finances to block referendum

Catalan separatist flags being waved at a rally in Barcelona on Sept 11. Catalonia is planning an independence referendum slated for Oct 1.


SPAIN has taken control of Catalonia's finances to prevent funds being used for an independence referendum that it deems illegal, a move that limits the region's autonomy and puts in doubt the payment of thousands of public workers' salaries.

"It is a total irresponsibility...

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