On 6 September 2017 the Catalan parliament approved a referendum calling for independence for Spain, a decision declared a breach of the Spanish Constitution by the government. 6000 additional national police and civil guard were deployed to the region, swelling state forces in Cataluña to 16,000. At 8am on 1 October 2017 the referendum polls opened.
Shot over three days in October 2017, Cataluña offers a slice of history that saw ballot boxes seized, nearly 900 people injured and two years on has left a nation divided.
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