Hundreds Injured After Spanish Police Use Force To Stop Catalan Referendum

Hundreds Injured After Spanish Police Use Force To Stop Catalan Referendum

Hundreds Injured After Spanish Police Use Force To Stop Catalan Referendum

The Spanish government ordered police to stop the voting process after they said it was illegal.

According to Catalan health authorities, more than 800 people received treatment at hospitals after being injured by police during Sunday's disputed referendum. This evening (Sunday), he claimed that "there was no referendum- the people of Catalonia were misled so that they would take part in an illegal vote".

Catalonia regional government spokesperson Jordi Turull told reporters on Monday that almost 90 percent of the 2.26 million Catalans chose the "yes" side, favouring their split from Spain.

More than 20 lakh Catalans, or 90.9% of those who voted, have backed the call for independence from Spain, the Catalonia government said on Sunday.

Despite the police action, hundreds-strong queues of people formed in cities and villages throughout the region to cast their ballots.

Former Catalan president Artur Mas told Spanish TV that Spain's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, should "resign immediately" from his position, calling him an "authoritarian".

Catalonia, a region of 7.5 million people in north-eastern Spain, has its own language and culture and Barcelona is its capital.

The law of the referendum, deemed unconstitutional by Madrid, foresees a unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan parliament if the majority votes to leave Spain. She said "police started to kick people, young and old".

This was achieved after the Spanish Government forces cracked down at several polling stations multiple times.

Many Spain watchers - even those who are not sympathetic to the Catalan separatists' cause - believe the images of violence helps the separatists.

The vote in Catalonia was a mass act of civil disobedience, organized by the regional government but propelled by WhatsApp groups, encrypted messages and clandestine committees.

Footage emerged of law enforcement officers using batons and rubber bullets on the crowd, while voters were forcibly removed from some polling stations.

It also has a high degree of autonomy, but is not recognised as a separate nation under the Spanish constitution.

"The referendum couldn't be held, and it's not been held".

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