First Look Spain arrests Catalan officials as tensions over 'illegal' referendum rise

Catalan officials intend to move forward with its secession vote, spiking a tense standoff with Spanish authorities and drawing crowds protesting the arrests in Barcelona.

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Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal.