Spanish police officers stand guard at the entrance to the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Police on Tuesday blocked public access to a Barcelona park where Catalonia's parliament is located ahead of an address by the region's leader who may declare independence.Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is scheduled to address the parliament at 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) after his government pushed ahead with a banned independence referendum on October 1 .Final results from the vote suggest 43 percent of Catalan voters turned out and 90 percent of them backed independence -- but "No" voters largely boycotted the ballot.Separatists hope Puigdemont will use his address to unilaterally declare independence for Catalonia, a region of 7.5 million people that is about the size of Belgium.
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