October 1, 2017 / 8:10 AM / 7 months ago

Spanish riot police carry away ballot boxes from Barcelona voting station - Reuters witness

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish riot police carried away ballot boxes confiscated from a Barcelona polling station being used for a Catalan independence referendum declared illegal by the Spanish government, a Reuters witness said.

Spanish Civil Guard officers walk into a polling station for the banned independence referendum where Catalan President Carles Puigdemont was supposed to vote in Sant Julia de Ramis, Spain October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Spanish National Police and Civil Guard units descended on polling stations in Barcelona just as voting stations opened at around 9 AM (0700 GMT).

Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Sonya Dowsett

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