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Scenes of chaos and violence unfolded in Catalonia as an independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid devolved quickly on Sunday.

As police followed orders from the central government to put a stop to the vote, they fired rubber bullets at unarmed protesters and smashed through the glass at polling places, reports The Associated Press. Three hundred and thirty-seven people were injured, some seriously, according to Catalonia's government spokesman.

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President Trump and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy are expected to answer questions at a brief press conference at the White House Tuesday. The press conference follows a meeting between the two leaders; the meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.