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#Catalans vote to split from #Spain amid violence

Catalans vote to split from Spain amid violence
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Barcelona (CNN)The Catalan government said it earned the right to independence from Spain after a contested referendum exploded into violence Sunday.

Hundreds were injured as riot police raided polling stations and fired rubber bullets to suppress voter turnout, in a referendum the Spanish government considers illegitimate. "At this point, I can tell you very clearly: Today a self-determination referendum in Catalonia didn't happen," Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a televised speech.

Catalonia's separatist government pushed forward with the vote despite opposition from Madrid and a ruling from the country's top court declaring it illegal. Of 2.2 million ballots counted so far, about 90% were in favor of independence, regional government spokesperson Jordi Turull said in a news conference shortly after midnight. 15,000 votes are still pending, Turull said.

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