A man waves an 'Estelada' (Pro-independence Catalan flag) from a balcony after the closing of the 'Espai Jove La Fontana' (La Fontana youth center) polling station, on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona. (AFP / PAU BARRENA)
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Catalonia's overwhelming vote for independence looked set to increase tensions between Madrid and the powerful region after a defiant referendum marred by violence.Puigdemont has said that in the event of a "Yes" victory he would declare independence for Catalonia, which accounts for 19 percent of Spain's GDP.At least 92 people were confirmed injured out of a total of 844 who needed medical attention, Catalan authorities said.Regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said 2.26 million took part, with 2.02 million voting for independence, or 90 percent.The referendum law foresees a declaration of independence soon after a "Yes" vote but it remains unclear if the regional government will actually do so.The crackdown drew a sharp rebuke from Catalan leaders and others including Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party.Although Catalans are divided over independence, most want to vote on the matter in a legal and binding plebiscite.
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