Spain Responds To Catalonia's Independence Referendum With Violence
“(CNN)Spain is facing political turmoil this week following a contested independence referendum in the region of Catalonia, which descended into violence and left hundreds injured. More than 2.25 million people turned out to Sunday's referendum across Catalonia, a region in the northeast of Spain.
The regional government said 90% of voters were in favor of a split from Madrid. But the turnout was low -- around 42% of the voter roll. Catalan authorities blamed the figure on the crackdown on the vote initiated by the national government. Spain's highest court had ruled the vote illegal under the Spanish constitution.
Citing the judicial authority, Madrid flooded Catalonia with thousands of national police in advance of the vote. Officers seized millions of ballot papers and sealed schools and other buildings to be used as polling stations. On Sunday, the day of the disputed vote, national police launched a concerted effort to prevent people from casting their ballots. Police fired rubber bullets at protesters and voters trying to take part in the referendum, and used batons to beat them back.”
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