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A question of identity: readers’ views on an independent Catalonia

Catalonia’s president, Carles Puigdemont, is considering declaring independence from Spain, after a controversial referendum in which 90% of participants voted to break away was marred by violence when Spanish police raided polling stations, beat voters and fired rubber bullets at crowds.

Despite the Spanish government’s attempts to stop the referendum, 2.26 million of Catalonia’s 5.3 million registered voters took part. But while the yes side won a landslide victory, with turnout at 43%, many who oppose independence are thought to have boycotted the vote.

We asked Guardian readers in Spain to share their thoughts on the vote, and their hopes for the future.

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