Catalan leader: We've won right to independence

2017-10-02 07:39
Supporters celebrate the outcome of the referendum in Barcelona.

Supporters celebrate the outcome of the referendum in Barcelona.

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Barcelona - Catalan president Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia "has won the right to become an independent state".

Speaking on television from Barcelona after polling stations had closed in the northeastern region in Spain, Puigdemont said "today the Spanish state wrote another shameful page in its history with Catalonia".

Spanish riot police smashed their way into polling stations across Catalonia to try and stop Sunday's referendum on independence, sometimes beating and kicking voters. Spain's top court had suspended the vote but local authorities went ahead anyway.

More than 870 people were reported injured in the raids.

Puigdemont says "I will make a direct appeal to the European Union" to look into alleged human rights violations by the Spanish government on Sunday.


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