Catalonia has voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of its independence from Spain after riots broke out between Spanish military police and the public in dire scenes on Sunday.
The Independent reported 90.9 per cent of the two million votes cast voted “yes” in the referendum, although Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, maintains “there was no referendum.”
It was also reported as many as 844 people were injured after Spanish military police wearing riot gears were deployed to prevent people entering ballot stations in an attempt to stop the vote.
Jordi Turull, a spokesman for the Catalan government, said: “There have been enormous difficulties, but the vote has happened and we’ve gone from ‘votarem’ [we will vote] to ‘hem votat’ [voting has happened.]”
The fallout from Sunday’s chaos means it’s unclear as to where Spain and Catalonia go from here, although it’s likely the controversy will only have encouraged many Catalan people to campaign more aggressively for secession.
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