Separatists vow to defy police ultimatum over Catalan vote

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON The Associated Press
This article was published October 1, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Catalan separatists vowed Saturday to ignore a police ultimatum to leave the schools they are occupying to use in a vote seeking independence from Spain. As police methodically sealed off hundreds of schools, some parents decided to send their children home and girded for pre-dawn confrontations Sunday with police.

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