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Catalans vote on split from Spain

Officers in riot gear hit people with batons and forcibly removed would-be voters from polling stations

Reuters  |  Barcelona 

Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday, confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region. The Mayor of the regional capital Barcelona Ada Colau issued a statement demanding “an immediate end to police charges against the defenceless population”. Madrid said its police had acted in a proportionate manner. Police broke down doors to force entry into voting stations as Catalans shouted “Out with the occupying ...

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First Published: Mon, October 02 2017. 03:31 IST
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