October 1, 2017 / 5:19 PM / in 21 days

UK trade minister condemns violence in Catalonia

MANCHESTER, England, Oct 1 (Reuters) - British trade minister Liam Fox condemned violence in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia on Sunday, but said the independence referendum there was a matter for the Spanish government.

Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday, confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by William James, editing by Kate Holton)

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