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: Thousands of pensioners protest in Madrid

Thousands of pensioners protest in Madrid:

Thousands of pensioners have taken to the streets of Madrid, calling for higher state pensions.

Heavy rain didn’t discourage the protest that began in front of Spain’s Budget Ministry and then moved to the national parliament a couple of blocks away.

(Source: Reuters)

H/t reader Squodgy:

“Has anyone noticed how Catalonia has disappeared from the mainstream media?

It can’t be settled, so I wonder what is going on?”

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