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Catalan Leader Accuses Spain of ‘Unjustified Violence’ — Thirty-Eight Injured by Police So Far in Catalonia Vote Effort on Sunday

October 1, 2017

BARCELONA — Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont accused Spanish authorities of using “unjustified, disproportionate and irresponsible” violence in a crackdown on a Catalan independence referendum on Sunday.

The batons, rubber bullets and violence used by Spanish police to prevent voting in what Spanish authorities have said was an illegal referendum had shown a “dreadful external image of Spain”, he told reporters.

“The unjustified, disproportionate and irresponsible violence of the Spanish state today has not only failed to stop Catalans’ desire to vote … but has helped to clarify all the doubts we had to resolve today,” he said.

(Reporting by Inmaculada Sanz, Adrian Croft; Editing by Sonya Dowsett)


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Spanish riot police in Barcelona on Sunday. Photograph by Emilio Morenatti for AP

MADRID — Emergency services have attended to 38 people injured in police charges as officers stormed voting stations to stop a banned referendum on independence from Spain in the northeastern region of Catalonia, the Catalan emergency services said on Sunday.

Most of those people sustained slight injuries and three suffered more serious injuries, the Catalan services said on Twitter.

(Reporting by Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Adrian Croft)