A group of people throw ballots for the October 1 referendum from a building with a banner in favour of the referendum in Sant Jaume square on September 23, 2017 in Barcelona.
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked Catalan separatist leaders today to own up they can't hold an outlawed independence referendum after a crackdown dealt them a serious blow this week. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)