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Sun Oct 1, 2017, 08:06 PM Oct 2017

Catalan referendum: preliminary results show 90% in favour of independence [View all]

Source: The Guardian

Catalan officials have claimed that preliminary results of its referendum have shown 90% in favour of independence in the vote vehemently opposed by Spain.

Jordi Turull, the Catalan regional government spokesman, told reporters early on Monday morning that 90% of the 2.26 million Catalans who voted Sunday chose yes. He said nearly 8% of voters rejected independence and the rest of the ballots were blank or void. He said 15,000 votes were still being counted. The region has 5.3 million registered voters.

Turull said the number of ballots did not include those confiscated by Spanish police during violent raids which resulted in hundreds of people being injured. At least 844 people and 33 police were reported to have been hurt, including at least two people who were thought to have been seriously injured.

Catalonias regional leader, Carles Puigdemont, spoke out against the violence with a pointed address: On this day of hope and suffering, Catalonias citizens have earned the right to have an independent state in the form of a republic.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/01/dozens-injured-as-riot-police-storm-catalan-ref-polling-stations

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who considers today's referendum illegal, sent in shock troops to sequester ballot boxes and stop today's vote.

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So, sounds like a victory for Putin, if no one else. Hortensis Oct 2017 #1
Him and these guys.... jberryhill Oct 2017 #2
That is not at all representative of the Catalan independence... blitzen Oct 2017 #6
Thank you. I'm an Irish citizen and understand that nuance is critical riderinthestorm Oct 2017 #8
"which happens to be from France not Spain" jberryhill Oct 2017 #12
Yeah but these guys have no direct stake in the election... blitzen Oct 2017 #14
The people in the Rousillon region are Catalonian jberryhill Oct 2017 #15
This is nonsense itcfish Oct 2017 #13
Proof of these allegations, please? Denzil_DC Oct 2017 #16
sounds like you are on a mission from your other posts on the topic snooper2 Oct 2017 #17
Assange and Russian Twitter bots are in favor jberryhill Oct 2017 #19
I've absolutely no idea what Assange's take is, and even less interest. Denzil_DC Oct 2017 #22
Maybe, I'll have to look at what makes sense. Scottish independence means you go broke right? snooper2 Oct 2017 #23
We believe we can survive and thrive much better than under Westminster's mismanagement. Denzil_DC Oct 2017 #24
Heck of a job, Prime Minister. Maybe his good friend Donald will send him a golfing trophy. Judi Lynn Oct 2017 #3
Absolutely, Judi. Trump's errand boy owns this now. sandensea Oct 2017 #5
No, they won't forget today. Shocking. Those cops were deeply interested in beating them down. Judi Lynn Oct 2017 #9
Rajoy is an idiot itcfish Oct 2017 #18
A puppet of whom? jberryhill Oct 2017 #20
For about 100 itcfish Oct 2017 #21
don't know whole story but bluestarone Oct 2017 #4
Catalonia firefighters form human shield to protect referendum voters from riot police Judi Lynn Oct 2017 #7
And then the police beat the firefighters. Nt christx30 Oct 2017 #11
The solution is a federal EU. roamer65 Oct 2017 #10
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