Hundreds injured in referendum clashes

The controversial vote went ahead despite the Government deeming it illegal

Hundreds injured in referendum clashes

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Catalan officials now say 844 people were injured after police used rubber bullets and batons to stop a ballot for independence.

A banned referendum took place throughout the region today with violent clashes between police and voters.

The Catalan government claims the use of batons amounted to "unjustifiable violence" - which created a "terrible image of Spain".

But Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says the police acted admirably: 

Journalist Tim Parfitt, who's based in the city, says the levels of violence were unprecedented: