Spanish PM says no vote took place in Catalonia


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Catalonia’s health services, however, say 761 people were injured by police, with two of them in serious condition.

 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insists there has been no independence vote in Catalonia.

 

In a television address after polls closed on Sunday in the northeastern region, Mr. Rajoy said the great majority of Catalans did not “follow the script of the secessionists.” He gave no proof for that statement.

 

Mr. Rajoy said the independence referendum only served to sow divisions. He thanked the Spanish police, saying they acted with “firmness and serenity” in response to the referendum.

 

Catalonia’s health services, however, say 761 people were injured by police, with two of them in serious condition.

 

Spanish riot police smashed their way into polling stations across Catalonia to try and stop today’s referendum, sometimes beating voters. Spain’s top court had suspended the vote but local authorities went ahead anyway.

 

Meanwhile, Catalonia’s health services increased the number of people injured by police during today’s disputed referendum to 761 people who were treated at hospitals.

 

The service says two people are in serious condition in hospitals in Barcelona.

 

It also says that another person is being treated for an eye injury that fits the profile of having been hit by a rubber bullet.

 

Spanish riot police smashed their way into polling stations across the northeastern region to try and stop today’s referendum on independence.

 

Spain’s top court had suspended the vote but local authorities went ahead anyway.

 

Police used batons, fired rubber bullets, and roughed up voters. Catalan authorities say police even used tear gas once.


Source : PTI


Location : La Moncloa, Avenida Puerta de Hierro, Madrid, Spain Date : 2017-10-02 09:09:44