Catalan referendum: In pictures

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Violence has broken out in Catalonia during a massive police operation to halt an independence referendum which Spain's constitutional court has suspended.

Emergency services have treated people who were injured when police smashed their way into polling stations to seize ballot boxes.

Warning: Some of the images below contain scenes of a violent nature

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image captionNational riot police carried this woman away from a gathering outside a school in Barcelona
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image captionSpain's deputy prime minister said police had acted in a "proportionate" way
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image captionHundreds of people queued to vote outside this school in Barcelona
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image captionHundreds of people were injured, Barcelona's mayor said
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image captionA family in Girona embraces after voting
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image captionAt least 12 police officers were injured in clashes
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image captionA witness in Barcelona sent this photo to the BBC's Tom Burridge - the man had been caught up in scuffles at a polling station
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image captionOfficers from the Guardia Civil tried to prevent these people from voting in the referendum
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image captionFC Barcelona's match against Las Palmas took place behind closed doors after a last-minute decision

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