b_179_129_16777215_00_images_SPA171717aa005.jpegBARCELONA — Spanish riot police smashed into polling stations Sunday in the Catalonia region and wounded more than 800 people trying to vote on an independence referendum the government had banned as unconstitutional. 

Violence erupted shortly after polls opened in northeastern Spain's autonomous Catalonia region, with video showing Spanish police firing rubber bullets, using batons and roughing up voters.

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