Catalonia’s government claimed 90 percent of those who voted in the referendum chose to split from Spain.
Jordi Turull, Catalan regional government spokesman, told reporters early on Monday morning that 90% of the 2.26 million Catalans who voted Sunday chose yes. He said nearly 8% of voters rejected independence and the rest of the ballots were blank or void. He said 15,000 votes were still being counted. Turull said the number of ballots didn’t include those confiscated by Spanish police during violent raids Sunday that saw hundreds injured.
Earlier, as voting ended, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Catalans had been fooled into taking part in an illegal vote. He called it a “mockery” of democracy.