Spain: Catalans clash with police in Barcelona at pro-Puigdemont demo

Spain: Catalans clash with police in Barcelona at pro-Puigdemont demo:

Thousands of Catalans staged a mass protest in Barcelona on Sunday, hours after their former leader, Carles Puigdemont, was detained in Germany.

Riot police struck protesters with batons and pushed them back as they tried to move towards the office of the Spanish government in Catalonia. Many protesters were carrying placards of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to decry the German police’s seizure of Puigdemont.

Puigdemont was detained while crossing the border between Denmark and Germany and Sunday, and was moved to Neumuenster correctional facility.

Puigdemont is facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds over his role in the push for the Catalan divorce from Spain.

H/t reader eric:

“Update.

As expected. True democracy not permitted.

Madrid has been told by EU Rothschild puppets not to tolerate democracy or the peoples’ wish.”

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German Police Arrest Former Catalan Leader Puigdemont

German Police Arrest Former Catalan Leader Puigdemont:

German police on Sunday arrested Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont, as he crossed over by car from Denmark, in the latest blow to the Spanish region’s independence movement.

Puigdemont’s lawyer Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, said on Twitter that Puigdemont was picked up by German police as he was travelling back to Belgium where he has been living in self-imposed exile.

The news was confirmed, when a German police spokesman told AFP that Puigdemont “was arrested today at 11:19 am by Schleswig-Holstein’s highway patrol force,” adding that the detention was based on a European warrant. “He is now in police custody.”

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Catalan ex-leader’s capture in Germany sparks mass protests

Catalan ex-leader’s capture in Germany sparks mass protests:

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia’s former president was detained in Germany on an international warrant Sunday by highway police after the ardent separatist crossed the border with Denmark.

Carles Puigdemont’s capture, aided by Spanish intelligence services, sparked protests of tens of thousands in Catalonia’s main city of Barcelona and other towns in the wealthy northeastern corner of Spain. Some of the demonstrators clashed with riot police, leaving more than 50 civilians and police officers injured and leading to four arrests. Puigdemont will appear before a German judge on Monday.

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Catalonia: Thousands take to streets of Barcelona to protest crackdown on separatists

Civil war has been predicted for Spain.

Catalonia: Thousands take to streets of Barcelona to protest crackdown on separatists:

Spanish police scuffled with dozens of pro-secession activists and seized 10 million ballot papers

Tens of thousands poured onto the streets of central Barcelona and further afield in Catalonia, outraged at the escalating crackdown on a separatist-led referendum on independence for the region on 1 October that saw 14 local government officials arrested, including the region’s deputy vice president.

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Spain On High Alert To Prevent Puigdemont From Sneaking Back “In The Boot Of A Car”

Spain On High Alert To Prevent Puigdemont From Sneaking Back “In The Boot Of A Car”:

Spain’s Interior Minister Jose Ignacio Zoido has a warning for  Carles Puigdemont: “don’t try to sneak back into Barcelona, you will be caught.”

The ousted former Catalan leader and infamous separatist, Carles Puigdemont who remains in self-imposed exile in Brussels and who was again picked by the Catalan parliament to be its president, may be tempted to cross into Spain “by helicopter, light aircraft or boat” so that the regional parliament can reappoint him officially, Zoido told broadcaster Antena 3 in an interview. The police have deployed specialist teams to monitor his movements and will catch him if he tries.

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Spain: Catalan Separatists Claim Victory in Parliamentary Election

Catalan Separatists Claim Victory in Parliamentary Election:

The results are in from Catalonia’s snap parliamentary election, and separatist parties have held onto their majority. They dropped from 72 to 70 total seats held, but this still gives them an absolute majority of the regional parliament’s 135 seats.

Junts per Catalunya (JuntsxCat, or Together for Catalonia), the party of ousted president Carles Puigdemont, claimed victory in the regional election in a statement issued after the official results came in on Thursday. JuntsxCat is slated to hold 34 seats, making up almost half of the independence coalition. Two other parties, the left-wing Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left of Catalonia) and Candidatura d’Unitat Popular (Popular Unity Candidacy), make up the rest of the independence coalition.

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Catalan parties make final appeals to undecided voters

Catalan parties make final appeals to undecided voters:

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Party leaders and politicians made last-ditch appeals to undecided voters in Spain’s Catalonia region Tuesday ahead of an election that polls indicate could be a close race between supporters of secession and political rivals who want to remain part of the country.

With opinion polls suggesting that more than 20 percent of the region’s 5.5 million-strong electorate were undecided about who to support in Thursday’s election, the final campaign rallies set out clear battle lines.

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