A Spanish government source said more than half the schools had been closed off and police would remove people who attempted to vote on Sunday. In the Spanish capital of Madrid, thousands marched to protest the separatists' attempt to break up their nation, demanding that Catalan leaders be sent to jail.
Dastis also criticised the use of children this weekend to occupy schools in Catalonia so that they can be used as polling stations in tomorrow's independence vote.
-March 2014: Spain's Constitutional Court rules that Catalonia can't go ahead with a planned November 9 vote on its independence, as all Spaniards must be allowed to cast a ballot.
The promised referendum will ask Catalans to answer yes or no to a single question: "Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?"
He said: "If the Catalan government succeed it will be a drama for Europe, starting with the United Kingdom, because it will mean that a region can disobey the rule of law". Jordi Turull, the Catalan executive's spokesman, said Friday in Barcelona that nearly 7,000 volunteers are ready to open 2,315 polling stations across the region of 7.5 million people.
If law enforcement officials or police, literally prevent individuals from voting, will this kind of action preserve the general public order or perhaps motivate trouble within the streets of its people?
Enric Millo said parents and students were occupying 163 schools in the region and that police had been ordered to clear the buildings by 6am, ahead of the polling stations' planned 9am opening.
Officers are in a room at the Center of Telecommunication and Information Technologies, according to a statement from a regional government official.
The raid was meant to stop the use of vote-counting software linked to Sunday's referendum, Piqué said, adding that the Catalan government has an alternative to the software.
"We need to coordinate it to ensure that there are actually lengthy lines to provide the impression around the world that we're gonna vote", recommendations delivered to voters by it's planners explained.
On Sunday, Catalonia is expected to hold a referendum.
Organizers set up a range of activities in the schools - including yoga sessions, games, film screenings and picnics - to keep spirits high as the historic confrontation with Spain's central government unfolds.
The situation in Sortidor square was similar to the one in Collaso I Gil school in Barcelona, whose entrance was decorated with a poster that read "Defend this voting station". Waving Spanish flags, they chanted "Viva Espana", "Spanish unity" and "Catalonia is Spain".
And despite the passions provoked on both sides, there has been no violence nor calls to violence, but the tension has turned Catalan independence into a powder keg in Western Europe.