Symbolic independence vote starts in Catalonia

Symbolic independence vote starts in Catalonia
A volunteer places ballots during preparations at a polling place for the 9N consultation in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, near Barcelona.

BARCELONA - Catalans started voting on Sunday in a symbolic ballot on whether their region should be independent from Spain, defying fierce opposition from the Spanish government.

Queues of voters of all ages formed at polling stations, which opened their doors at 9:00 am (0800 GMT), AFP reporters said.

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