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Catalans Vote on Secession, Closing Ranks Against Rajoy

Catalans went to vote today in an independence ballot ruled illegal by Spain, as regional officials closed ranks to shield those organizing the disputed poll from punishment.

More than 1,000 polling stations were operating and 1.14 million people had voted by 1 p.m. in Barcelona, according to the regional administration. In a new act of defiance, the Catalan government said its police force would not identify those working in polling stations, after Spain’s general prosecutor ordered them to report public buildings being used for the poll and those responsible for their use.