(CNN)The Catalan government claimed victory late Sunday night in a contested referendum on independence from Spain following violent crackdowns at polling stations by Spanish government forces.
Preliminary results suggest 90% of counted ballots favored splitting from Spain, regional government spokesperson Jordi Turull said in a news conference after midnight.
The results follow a day of violent clashes between Spanish national police and supporters of the disputed vote. Hundreds were injured as riot police raided polling stations and fired rubber bullets in a concerted attempt to deny the vote legitimacy.
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