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Spain: Screams rock Barcelona polling station as police beat and drag voters out00:45

Spain: Screams rock Barcelona polling station as police beat and drag voters out

Spain, Barcelona
October 1, 2017 at 12:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Policemen dragged voters across a polling station in Barcelona's Carrer de Pau Claris, Sunday, in an attempt to clear the vicinity as the vote in the Catalan independence referendum continues. Voters crowded in a hallway, including many women, were flung across the stairs, beaten and dragged by hair by riot gear-equipped police. 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 voters.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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Policemen dragged voters across a polling station in Barcelona's Carrer de Pau Claris, Sunday, in an attempt to clear the vicinity as the vote in the Catalan independence referendum continues. Voters crowded in a hallway, including many women, were flung across the stairs, beaten and dragged by hair by riot gear-equipped police. 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 voters.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.