465 hurt in Spanish police violence


PV International Desk : At least 465 people were injured as police used force to prevent voting in Catalonia’s independence referendum, reports The Gurdian quoting Catalan officials.
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, police used batons and fired rubber bullets during pro-referendum protests.
The Catalan regional government and health department both said 337 people had visited hospitals or health centers.
Separately, the Spanish interior ministry said 11 police officers had been hurt. The national police and Guardia Civil – a paramilitary force charged with police duties – were sent into Catalonia in large numbers to prevent the vote from taking place.
Since Friday (September 29), thousands of people have occupied schools and other buildings designated as polling stations in order to keep them open.