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At least 337 injured after Spanish police attempt to block independence vote


PUBLISHED Sun, October 01, 2017 - 9:37am EDT


At least 337 people have been injured during an intense police crackdown in Catalonia, where several people are reportedly in critical condition, according to a regional government spokesman. (more)

Spanish police have blocked people from voting in an independence referendum that calls for the autonomous region of Catalonia to breakaway from Spain.

Catalonia, which has a total population of 7.6 million people, has long sought independence from Spain. Many of its residents feel that the wealthy region contributes far more to the Spanish economy than it gets back through central government funds.

Videos posted online show dramatic scenes of police forcibly removing people at polling stations in Barcelona and throughout the region.  Spanish police are said to have used batons and even fired rubber bullets.



The Spanish government has declared the proposed vote illegal urging Catalonia to end voting in the independence referendum, calling the vote a "farce". The Catalan government said it would seek to "implement" the results of the vote, even though Spain's constitution requires that a referendum on sovereignty takes place nationally, not regionally.







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