Catalan officials say at least 761 people have been injured in clashes as police try to prevent voting in Catalonia's independence referendum.
The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court.
Police officers are preventing people from voting, and seizing ballot papers and boxes at polling stations.
In the regional capital Barcelona, police used batons and fired rubber bullets during pro-referendum protests.
The toll of injured was confirmed by a spokesman for the Catalan regional government, as well as the region's health department. Separately, the Spanish interior ministry said 11 police officers had been injured.
At a press conference, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said police had "acted with professionalism and in a proportionate way".
Not gonna lie, when you see some of the Twitter videos coming out, of riot police manhandling the civilians, in some cases the elderly, you have to wonder how such an assessment can be cited as 'acting with professionalism and in a proportionate way'.
On a wider view, what are your thoughts on the issue as a whole? Does anyone believe the Catalan people have a right to seek independence, or should they be listening to the central Spanish government's call for no such thing?