In a televised statement on Saturday afternoon, the regional interior minister in Catalonia, Joaquim Forn, announced that the Catalan government will not obey the "unacceptable" decision to place the regional police force, the Mossos, under instructions from Madrid.

"We denounce the attempt to take over of the Mossos d'Esquadra, as they did with Catalan government finances", said Mr. Forn: "In the Catalan government, we do not accept this interference by the state".

During a meeting of police forces on Saturday morning in Barcelona, the head of the Catalan Police, Major Josep Lluis Trapero, refused to accept instructions placing his officers under the control of a Civil Guard Colonel appointed by the Home Office to oversee all anti-referendum policing in the region.

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