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Catalonia Referendum Sparks Chaos: Hundreds Injured in Police Clashes

•, Mish

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The Guardian reports Hundreds injured as riot police storm Catalan referendum polling stations.

The mayor of Barcelona said 460 people had been injured after Spanish police in riot gear stormed polling stations to prevent Catalonia's independence referendum from going ahead on Sunday.

Although many Catalans managed to cast their ballots in the poll, which the Spanish authorities have declared illegal, others were forcibly stopped from voting as schools housing ballot boxes were raided by the national police.

The large Ramon Llull school in Barcelona was the scene of a sustained operation, with witnesses describing police using axes to smash their way in, charging the crowds and firing rubber bullets.

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