Catalonia: 90 percent vote for independence

Posted at 9:32 PM, Oct 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-01 21:32:54-04

A Catalan official says preliminary results show 90 percent in favor of independence in the vote opposed by Spain.

Catalan regional government spokesman Jordi Turull told reporters early Monday that 90 percent of the 2.26 million Catalans who voted Sunday chose the 'Yes' side in favor of independence. He said nearly 8 percent of voters rejected independence and the rest of the ballots were blank or void. He said 15,000 votes were still being counted.

Turull said the number of ballots didn't include those confiscated by Spanish police during violent raids Sunday that aimed to stop the vote. At least 844 people and 33 police were injured in the police raids.
The region has 5.3 million voters.