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Clashes in Catalonia as police attempt to block vote

Police clash with pro-referendum demonstrators in Barcelona. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

An independence referendum went ahead today in Catalonia despite the Spanish government declaring it illegal. Police attempted to stop the vote, leading to violent clashes. Local authorities say over 400 people were hurt.

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Police shoot rubber bullets at people trying to enter a polling place in Barcelona. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP
People try to offer flowers to Spanish police near a polling place in Sant Julia de Ramis. Photo: Francisco Seco / AP
Police try to force demonstrators to move in Barcelona. Photo: Manu Fernandez / AP
People put their hands up as police approach in Barcelona. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP
Police drag a man that was trying to block their vehicle from reaching a polling place in Barcelona. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP
People wait to vote in Barcelona. Photo: Bob Edme / AP
People in Barcelona wait to vote. Photo: Santi Palacios / AP
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