Spain: Police storms into polling station as govt. tightens grip on Catalan vote

Spanish civil guard smashed their way into a polling station in Sant Julia de Ramis, Sunday, as the Spanish government moves to counter the ongoing referendum on Catalan independence. Security forces broke into the glass façade of the station, while poll organisers attempted to flee with materials related to the referendum. The police continued to tour the building, conducting searches in... Еще numerous places and left securing a plastic bag stuffed with unverified materials. At least 38 people have reportedly sustained injuries as clashes between voters and security forces escalated, with reports of rubber pellets and batons used against protesters. Referendum supporters have braced for a contentious day, 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. More than 5 million Catalans are expected to cast their votes in more than 2,000 polling stations across Catalonia, with more than 200 stations in Barcelona alone.

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