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Catalan government says 90% voted for independence from Spain

Civil guards clear people away from the entrance of a sports center, assigned to be a referendum polling station by the Catalan government in Sant Julia de Ramis, near Girona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Photo: Francisco Seco / AP

Officials in Catalonia say 90% of those who turned out to vote in a referendum declared illegal by the central Spanish government backed independence. Turnout was estimated at 42%, per the Telegraph. Clashes between voters and police officers turned violent and 761 people sustained injuries, according to the local health service.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, per the FT: "My government, in the next few days will send the results of today's vote to the Catalan Parliament, where the sovereignty of our people lies."

Go Deeper: The clashes, in photos.