More Than 750 People Injured During Violent Clashes in Catalonia More
(BARCELONA) — Spanish riot police smashed their way into Catalan polling stations Sunday to try to halt a disputed referendum on independence, firing rubber bullets and attacking voters who were trying to stop them from confiscating ballots. The daylong melee injured at least 750 civilians and 11 police, authorities said.
Police were acting on orders from the Spanish government to stop the voting, which Spain’s Constitutional Court had declared illegal.
The dispute over the independence vote in Catalonia, a wealthy northeastern region of 7.5 million people, has plunged Spain into a constitutional crisis. Spain’s violent crackdown on the vote — videos showed police roughing up voters — appeared likely