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Catalonia\'s leader made clear his government was determined to go ahead with an October 1 vote on independence that Madrid calls illegal and which has thrust Spain into its most dramatic political crisis for decades.
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Firemen react as they hang a huge banner in favour of the banned October 1 independence referendum at the Catalonia's History Museum in Barcelona.
Students carry an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) as they attend a demonstration in Barcelona.
Students wear Esteladas during a demonstration in Barcelona. Courts have ordered police to cordon off schools scheduled to be used as ballot stations.
A student offers ballots to citizens as she protests in favour of the referendum outside the University of Barcelona.
A man inserts a dummy ballot which reads "Do you want Catalonia to remain in Spain, Yes" into a ballot box in a symbolic vote organized by a private organization in Madrid.
A crowd of protesters lift up a ballot box outside the Catalan region's economy ministry building after junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove was arrested by Spanish police during a raid on several government offices, in Barcelona.
A website with information relating to the referendum, which was closed down by Spain's civil guard under a warrant from Catalonia's High Court, is seen in this illustration photo in Madrid.
Protesters gather outside the Catalan region's economy ministry building during a raid by Spanish police on government offices, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Susana Vera
Volunteers helping with the referendum try to block protesters in a bid to contain the situation, during a raid on the Catalan region's economy ministry building by Spanish police in Barcelona. The sign reads: "We shall overcome, we will vote.
Protesters shout slogans next to a damaged Spanish Civil Guard patrol car outside the Catalan region's economy ministry building during a raid by Spanish police on government offices, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Protesters against a banned referendum on independence in Catalonia hold flares during a demonstration in Barcelona. REUTERS/Susana Vera
A man walks past a crosswalk, painted in the form of an Estelada in Arenys de Munt, north of Barcelona. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Students attend a demonstration in favor of the referendum in Barcelona. REUTERS/Juan Medina
Spanish flags are seen on the facade of Moderno hotel in Madrid. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on a screen through a bus during a live video conference for a colloquium with students and citizens as they protest in favour of the referendum outside the University of Barcelona, in Barcelona.
A woman displays an Estelada from a balcony at the Catalan region's economy ministry building during a raid by Spanish police on government offices, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Susana Vera
A man holds up a scarf with the colors of the Spanish flag as he takes part in a protest called by a group of Spanish friends outside the Palau de la Generalitat, the regional government headquarters in Barcelona.
A man holds up a carnation next to a Spanish civil guard during a raid on a Unipost office in search of material for the referendum, in Terrassa. REUTERS/Albert Gea
A protestor holds up a sign in front of a Catalan police outside the Catalan region's foreign affairs ministry building during a raid by Spanish police on government offices, in Barcelona. REUTERS/Susana Vera
Catalan police officers remove a protester from the street outside a Unipost office that was raided in search of material for the referendum, in Terrassa. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Protesters wave Esteladas at a line of Spanish national police who surrounded the leftist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party headquarters in Barcelona. REUTERS/Albert Gea