In photos: Catalan voters clash with Guardia Civil as referendum chaos leaves 800 injured

Police confront the public trying to vote
Some members of the public are seen being restrained
A barricade against police is created by referendum supporters
Another barricade is created at the back of Barcelona's industrial school
Police are seen gathered round a man with a child
Members of the public shout at police as tension rises
Crowds gather in Barcelona to hear Catalan President Carles Puigdemont speak

Monday, October 2, 2017

The fall-out from Catalonia's independence referendum continues after more than 800 people were injured yesterday.

Clashes broke out across the wealthy region of north-east Spain as voters clashed with members of the national Guardia Civil police force as they sought to cast their vote for secession.

Officers stormed polling stations, dragged voters away and confiscated ballot boxes. As the full scale of the chaos became apparent, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy praised the actions of his police forces and even denied a referendum had actually taken place.

The Catalan government says 90% of voters backed independence, and claims 800,000 were preventing today. But the Spanish government argues that the referendum isn't legally binding and therefore it won't recognise an independence declaration.

Carles Puigdemont, president of the regional Catalan Parliament, has said today (October 2) he will push ahead for independence and told Rajoy to withdraw his forces from Catalonia.

Take a look at the gallery above to see scenes of the polling day