- Police in riot gear fire rubber bullets at pro-independence activists
- 337 people were injured or bruised, according to Catalonian spokesperson
- Ballot boxes seized by police in referendum banned by Madrid
- Madrid appeals for “cooperation and respect”
Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and seized ballot boxes from polling stations in Catalonia on Sunday as thousands flooded the streets to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid.
As the vote officially opened, scenes of chaos erupted as police began moving in to prevent people from casting their ballots, forcing their way into one sports centre in the town of Girona where the region’s separatist leader was due to…