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The actions by the Civil Guard and Spain's National Police to prevent the referendum have left at least 844 injured or bruised all over Catalonia, according to the latest Catalan government report, around 8pm tonight. Some of the injuries are serious.

One of those seriously injured was a 70-year old man who suffered a heart attack during a police attack and was taken to Vall Hebron hospital in Barcelona. Another of those injured was a man shot in eye with a rubber bullet who underwent surgery at Sant Pau hospital, also in Barcelona.

Catalan government spokesperson, Jordi Turull described events as "very grave and unprecendented" and expressed the Catalan government's "support and solidarity" for the injured and their families. He also asked them to go to medical centres to ask for certificates to present complaints to the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police).

One of the injured is in Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona having been hit in the eye by a rubber bullet. He is undergoing surgery. Turull reminded the Spanish police forces that the Catalan parliament passed a law banning the use of rubber bullets and asked them to be "consistent with this decision".

Moreover, he wanted to note the attack on the Catalan Education Minister, Clara Ponsantí, and that "in no European government does the police attack ministers". He said the responsibility for today's violent scenes lies with Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, and the Spanish Interior Minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, saying that "today's damage is exclusively their responsibility".