Spain: Defiant Catalans flock to polling stations as vote gets underway

Voters defied the drizzly weather with umbrellas and a determination to vote outside polling stations in Barcelona, Sunday, as polling stations opened their doors for an independence referendum the Spanish government deemed illegal. More than 5 million Catalans are expected to cast their votes in 2,315 polling stations across Catalonia. Referendum supporters have braced for a contentious day... Еще, following crackdowns by Spanish authorities on polling stations, arrests of Catalan officials and the suspension of the vote by Spain's Constitutional Court over the last weeks.

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