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Locals question their future as they are pulled between independence and a Spanish takeover.
Carles Puigdemont, the head of the Catalan government, is expected to make a statement at 6pm on Tuesday.
Police drag ballot boxes away as the Spanish region votes in symbolic referendum.
Clashes between Barcelona and Madrid over the disputed referendum lead to protests and arrests.
After a attack which killed 14 and injured scores more, shock gives way to defiance and unity.