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Hundreds injured in Catalonia amid police crackdown on referendum

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau says more than 460 people have been injured in Catalonia in clashes with Spanish police who trying to prevent a referendum on independence from taking place in the northeastern region.

Colau said Sunday that as mayor of the city, she demands “an immediate end to police charges against the defenseless population.”

Police have baton-charged and fired rubber bullets to disperse crowds in Barcelona and other towns and cities. Videos have showed them beating people repeatedly as they try to confiscate ballots and ballot boxes.

Spanish National Police prevent voters from reaching a polling site at a school in Barcelona.

Spanish National Police prevent voters from reaching a polling site at a school in Barcelona.

(Emilio Morenatti/AP)

In addition to the protesters and voters injured, Spain’s Interior Ministry says 11 police officers have been injured fulfilling judicial orders to prevent the referendum on independence.

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