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    An elderly lady is applauded as she celebrates after voting at a school assigned to be a polling station by the Catalan government at the Gracia neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 1 Oct. 2017. The Spanish government and its security forces are trying to prevent voting in the independence referendum, which is backed by Catalan regional authorities. Spanish officials had said force wouldn't be used, but that voting wouldn't be allowed.

    Catalan Authority Claims '90 Percent' Yes Vote for Independence from Spain

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    Authorities in Catalonia are claiming that 90 percent of those who voted in the independence referendum are opting to break away from Madrid.

    Sources are reporting that over 2.2 million votes were tallied in Catalonia, and that 90 percent of those votes favor independence from Madrid.

    As announced on Catalonia's TV3, the official Catalan referendum vote results are 2,262,424 votes counted, with 2,020,144 (90.09 percent) voting for independence and 176,565 (7.87 percent) voting against.

    Catalans have won the right to sovereignty, according to a statement by Catalonia President Charles Puigdemont in a live televised speech on Sunday.

    The hotly-contested referendum has seen widespread violence at the hands of heavily-armed Madrid security forces, as upwards of 900 voters have been injured, some seriously. 

    Additional details as they become available.


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