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In Catalonia, 844 People Injured During Referendum Vote

In Catalonia, 844 People Injured During Referendum Vote

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 07:00 PM

A Catalan official says preliminary results show 90 percent in favor of independence in the vote opposed by Spain.

Catalan regional government spokesman Jordi Turull told reporters early Monday that 90 percent of the 2.26 million Catalans who voted Sunday chose the 'Yes' side in favor of independence. He said nearly 8 percent of voters rejected independence and the rest of the ballots were blank or void. He said 15,000 votes were still being counted.

Turull said the number of ballots didn't include those confiscated by Spanish police during violent raids Sunday that aimed to stop the vote. At least 844 people and 33 police were injured in the police raids.

The region has 5.3 million voters.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has condemned the police violence in Spain that marred Sunday's disputed referendum.

Maduro says on his weekly television program that Spanish police carried out "a brutal repression" of would-be voters. He says Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy "must answer to the world about what has happened in Catalonia."

Spanish riot police smashed their way into polling stations across Catalonia to try and stop the referendum on independence. At least 844 people and 33 police were injured.

Maduro's government has been accused by the opposition and the U.S. and other governments of brutally attacking its own people during protests. Rajoy's government has pushed for further EU sanctions on Venezuelan officials.

Catalonia regional President Carles Puigdemont says he will keep his pledge to declare independence unilaterally if the "Yes" side wins Sunday's disputed referendum on secession from Spain.

In a televised address after polls closed, Puigdemont says Catalonia "has won the right to become an independent state."

He said a law passed by the Catalan parliament says a win of more than 50 percent for the "Yes" side will trigger a declaration of independence within 48 hours of the vote regardless of the turnout. The region has 5.3 million voters.

Spain's Constitutional Court suspended that law, but Puigdemont's government pushed ahead with the vote anyway. At least 844 people and 33 police were reported injured as Spanish police tried to halt the vote.

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A Catalan official says preliminary results show 90 percent in favor of independence in the vote opposed by Spain.
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