Close to 200 Spanish special forces and riot police sent to Catalonia to stop an independence referendum were evicted from the hotel where they were staying on Monday, their union said, amid anger over police violence during the banned vote.
Millions of Catalans turned up to vote in the plebiscite, which was deemed illegal by the Spanish government and violence broke out, with local authorities reporting that almost 900 people had been wounded by riot police wielding batons and rubber bullets in an attempt to break up the voters.
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Catalans are furious over police violence that marred the referendum which regional separatist leaders organised despite strict orders from Madrid not to do so.
Shocking scenes on social media show Spanish firefighters also being beaten by the Spanish Police.
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Hundreds of National Police and Guardia Civil officers have been forced to abandon Catalan hotels in the face of protests by local residents, while thousands of demonstrators descended on the National Police headquarters in Barcelona on Wednesday.
Amid such violence and tension across Catalonia, heart-warming footage has emerged of teary-eyed members of the Mossos d'Esquadra standing arm in arm to defend polling stations from being attacked by Spanish police.
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Catalonia's president, Carles Puigdemont, has pleaded with the Spanish government to withdraw its police forces, while insisting that the referendum result is binding.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Catalans had been fooled into taking part in an illegal vote.
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