Catalonian Independence Referendum begins amidst clashes
Oct 1, Barcelona: Catalonia's independence referendum began in chaotic fashion today, with clashes occurring as police attempt to prevent the vote from taking place.
The clashes took place as the Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court.
Police officers are preventing people from voting, and seizing ballot papers and boxes at polling stations.In the regional capital Barcelona, witnesses said police had fired rubber bullets during pro-referendum protests.
Thirty-eight people have been injured, most of them lightly, say Catalan emergency services.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has condemned the "unjustifiable violence" of the Spanish state.
Agencies/The Oslo Times International News Network