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Spanish court deals new blow to Catalan independence vote

Spain's top court has suspended the law that was meant to become Catalonia's transitional constitution if the region declares itself a separate nation, according to reports.

The Constitutional Court had already suspended the law and decree calling for a referendum on secession while it considers the national government's claim that it is unconstitutional.

Catalan leaders say they will go ahead with the October 1 ballot anyway.

The state prosecutor's office said the chiefs of the three judicial police forces in Catalonia, including the regional Mossos police force, are being briefed on their legal obligation to stop any actions towards holding a referendum.

On Monday, hundreds of thousands of Catalans marked their national holiday by supporting the right to vote and become independent.

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