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Spain's Catalonia holds 'illegal' independence vote in defiance of Madrid

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People queue before the opening of polling stations to cast ballots in a symbolic independence vote in Barcelona

People queue before the opening of polling stations to cast ballots in a symbolic independence vote in Barcelona

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A volunteer makes preparations at a polling place for the 9N consultation in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona

A volunteer makes preparations at a polling place for the 9N consultation in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona

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Volunteers make preparations at a polling place for the 9N consultation in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona

Volunteers make preparations at a polling place for the 9N consultation in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona

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People queue before the opening of polling stations to cast ballots in a symbolic independence vote in Barcelona

Spain's north-eastern region of Catalonia has opened polling stations to hold an informal vote on independence that the central government has called illegal.

The regional Catalan government has pushed forward with the vote despite Spain's Constitutional Court ordering its suspension on Tuesday after it agreed to hear the Spanish government's challenge that the poll is unconstitutional.

The Catalan government expects polling stations to be manned by more than 40,000 volunteers in defiance of the court's suspension. Results are not expected until tomorrow morning.

The ballot asks voters two questions: should Catalonia be a state, and if so, should it be independent.

Catalonia, with around 7.5 million inhabitants and Barcelona as its capital, is one of Spain's wealthiest regions.

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Volunteers make preparations at a polling place for the 9N consultation in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona

Volunteers make preparations at a polling place for the 9N consultation in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona

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Volunteers make preparations at a polling place for the 9N consultation in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona

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