by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/02/17, 09:22 am
Catalonia’s leader said the autonomous Spanish region has earned the right to independence after Catalans overwhelmingly voted Sunday in favor of separation, despite violent police raids intended to stop the process. Preliminary results show 90 percent of the 2.26 million votes counted were in favor of independence. The counted ballots did not include those confiscated by Spanish National Police during raids that closed 319 of the 2,300 polling stations, according to Catalan authorities. Videos showed Spanish police using batons and rubber bullets against voters.