Catalonian referendum violence plunges EU into crisis as ‘90% of voters back independence’

A woman tends to her injuries in front of riot police near a school being used as a polling station

From Hannah Strange and James Badcock:

Catalonia’s government said 90 percent of those who voted in an unauthorised independence referendum chose to split from Spain.

On a day marred by clashes between police and voters, 2.26 million people took part in the referendum, regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said. That represents a turnout of 42.3 percent of Catalonia’s 5.34 million voters.

Of those who took part, 2.02 million Catalans voted “yes” to the question: “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?”

….Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan leader, said the region had “won the right to an independent state” after “millions” turned out to vote in a banned independence referendum.

“With this day of hope and suffering, the citizens of Catalonia have won the right to an independent state in the form a republic,” he said in a televised announcement after polls had closed.

Before the results were announced, he said he would keep his pledge to declare independence unilaterally within 48 hours of the vote if the “Yes” side won the referendum.

Source: Catalonian referendum violence plunges EU into crisis as ‘90% of voters back independence’

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