The eagerly anticipated poll on whether Catalans want independence from Spain turned ugly yesterday with about 800 people injured. Chaotic scenes as ballot boxes were forcibly removed and voters prevented from going into polling stations. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy continued insisting the operation was not legitimate and that ‘today there was no referendum on self-determination in Catalonia’. Of the 5.4 million eligible to vote it is claimed 2.26 million did and of these 90 per cent wanted out. The EU has not commented on the issue.
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