There are currently a lot of quotes about "hundreds of injured people" during the Catalan independence referendum but they all come from a potentially biased source, (Catalan government), and don't mention the types of injuries sustained by the protesters.

Are there detailed statistics somewhere from a less partial source on how many people were seriously injured and required medical attention?

A lot of the arguments against the Spanish government rest upon the unreasonable use of violence, but it's hard to judge the scale of this violence objectively.

Note: this is on-topic for Politics.SE because the issue has become a core point of discussion in the current Catalonian independence movement.

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    As far as I know, no one is disputing the numbers given by the Catalan emergency officials. Not even the Spanish government. Why do you? Also, I doubt you'll get detailed statistics for such a recent event.
    – yannis
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 7:06
  • @yannis I couldn't find any statistics on what kinds of injuries those were. E.g. light bruises vs. broken bones and concussions. Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 7:26
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    I've voted to close this as off topic because it isn't about politics, the political process, or politicians. If it were rephrased to evaluate the decision processes that led to injuries, or the decision process to accept injuries, it would be on topic. Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 7:46
  • this is not off topic, as has been politicized by both sides. Fake facebook accounts (russia again?) have mixed violent images from years ago, and catalonian politicians have been accused of instruct hospitals on count any urgency on this day as originated by police violence. Commented Oct 20, 2017 at 8:58
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    politics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/2629/7717 seems like a better place to argue whether or not this question is on topic than in the body of the question itself. Commented Oct 20, 2017 at 9:25

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If this Le Monde article is anything to go by, 844 were injured, of which 128 were hospitalized and two were seriously injured according to the Catalan authorities.

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    To complete the report, the two seriously injured are a man who was hit in the eye with a rubber ball and a man who suffered a heart attack when the police entered a polling station.
    – SJuan76
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 8:30
  • This puts the headlines in a much better and less dramatic perspective. Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 9:12

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