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1 Oct, 2017 09:42

Police use of batons & rubber bullets is 'unjustified violence' – Catalan leader

Police use of batons & rubber bullets is 'unjustified violence' – Catalan leader

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has decried the use of batons and rubber bullets, by law enforcement during the independence referendum in Catalonia, calling it “unjustified violence.”

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“The unjustified, disproportionate and irresponsible violence of the Spanish state today has not only failed to stop Catalans' desire to vote ... but has helped to clarify all the doubts we had to resolve today,” Puigdemont told reporters on Sunday.

He added that the police action creates a terrible image of Spain in the international arena.

38 people have been injured by police opposing activists at the referendum, Catalan emergency services have stated. Most of the injuries were minor.

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Violent clashes erupted between police and Catalans during Sunday’s independence referendum. Police forcibly blocked citizens from casting their vote and broke into some polling stations to close them down.

Earlier it was reported that police had used rubber bullets and batons against civilians. The officers’ actions were apparently caught on video.