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90% of Catalonia Voters Want Independence from Spain; Spanish Government Responds With Police Violence

Catalonia: 90% of voters said “yes” to independence from Spain, but the Spanish government used police to prevent hundreds of thousands from voting, to confiscate completed ballots, and to beat protestors. Spain’s Prime Minister announced that “no referendum” took place, claiming that the majority of Catalans did not participate in the vote after Madrid declared it was illegal.

Catalonia: 90% of voters said “yes” to independence from Spain.  Catalonia has 5.34 million voters; the Catalan government reported that out of the 2,262,424 ballots that were not seized, 2,020,144 were YES votes, 176,566 were NO votes, 45,586 were blank, and 20,129 were null votes.  The Spanish government’s massive police crackdown “prevented” an estimated 770,000 people from voting.  So far, 844 people have reported injuries from police brutality during the vote, and 74 have already filed official complaints.  Spain’s Prime Minister announced that “no referendum” took place in the country, claiming the majority of Catalans “obeyed the law” and did not want to participate in the independence vote after Madrid branded it illegal.

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