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In wake of upheaval in Catalonia, Barca goes behind closed doors

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Spanish National Police clashes with pro-referendum supporters in Barcelona Sunday, Oct. 1 2017. Catalonia’s planned referendum on secession is due to be held Sunday by the pro-independence Catalan government but Spain’s government calls the vote illegal, since it violates the constitution, and the country’s Constitutional Court has ordered it suspended. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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An alarming political situation in Catalonia had Barcelona hoping to postpone its La Liga match on Sunday, but higher-ups wouldn’t allow it.

Police have been confronting Catalans attempting what’s been deemed an illegal vote for independence from Spain, with eerie video of protestors with arms raised being charged by officials with shields.

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Reports have also shown rubber bullets being fired at protestors and ballot boxes being forcefully removed from hopeful voters.

Barca says it hoped to postpone the match, but instead will be playing behind closed doors. The club, often related with the Catalan movement, condemned those who are preventing the free expression of the Catalan people.

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