Hundreds injured during Catalan referendum

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Monday, 2 October 2017, 8:56AM
Some protesters confront Spanish National police officers during a demonstration at Puerta del Sol square in support of the right to hold a referendum on self-determination in Catalonia and against repression. (Photo \ Getty Images)

Almost 500 people been injured in Spain's crackdown on Catalonia's controversial independence vote.

The Spanish central government has declared today's referendum illegal.

Spanish prime minister Mariana Rajoy said it's illegal, and authorities are simply upholding the law.

"We have shown our democratic state has resources to defend itself against these very serious attack."

New York Times Barcelona correspondent Raphael Minder said many polling stations have been busy and relatively peaceful.

But he told Larry Williams Spanish authorities have burst into some stations in Barcelona armed with batons and rubber bullets.

"Spanish national police moved in managed to close down the stations, confiscate ballot boxes and obviously keep voters out."

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