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Catalonia stands its ground: Hundreds injured in referendum clashes

Staff Writer |
At least 337 people have been injured in clashes as police try to stop Catalonia's independence poll.

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The figure came from the regional government's spokesman, Jordi Turill, who blamed "Spanish state police violence" - as well as the country's prime minister.

But the government said police are acting professionally and proportionately in their efforts to stop the outlawed vote.

Riot officers fired rubber bullets at crowds protesting in Barcelona on Sunday morning, sending people running for cover.

Police vans drove down the road as protesters who had been sitting on the street fled, and witnesses said people were bleeding.

The regional government tweeted on Sunday morning that 73% of polling stations (4561) were open.

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