Catalonian leader Puigdemont turns himself in after Spain issues an arrest warrant for rebellion -

Catalonian leader Puigdemont turns himself in after Spain issues an arrest warrant for rebellion

Catalonian leader Puigdemont turns himself in after Spain issues an arrest warrant for rebellion

A second ballot taken over the identical interval for the conservative newspaper La Razon echoed the GAD3 survey, displaying pro-independence events would seize probably the most votes although nonetheless fall simply shy of a parliamentary majority with 65 seats.

Different seats could be typically divided between events that help the area remaining as a part of Spain, although they’d run on separate tickets.

Voter participation, nevertheless, will rise to a document of 83 p.c, the GAD3 ballot confirmed.


Below the European arrest warrant system, the 5 defendants in Belgium can conform to an extradition order instantly or the choose can set bail or detain them. Belgian authorities have to tell their European counterparts if a European arrest warrant can’t be executed after 90 days.

On Saturday, Puigdemont – who PDeCAT mentioned on Sunday would lead the social gathering within the election – known as for a united Catalan political entrance for independence from Spain and in opposition to the detention of his former members of presidency.

On Thursday, 9 of his sacked cupboard have been ordered by Spain’s Excessive Court docket to be held on remand pending an investigation and potential trial.

One member of the dismissed cupboard, Santi Vila, was freed after paying bail of 50,000 euros ($58,035) on Friday. The opposite eight might stay in custody for as much as 4 years.

Based on the GAP3 survey, 59 p.c believed authorized motion in opposition to Puigdemont was unjustified whereas 69.three p.c mentioned the jailing of the Catalan politicians would give the independence trigger a lift on the poll field.

Catalan civic teams Asamblea Nacional Catalana and Omnium Cultural – whose leaders have been imprisoned final month on sedition expenses – known as for a normal strike on Nov. eight and a mass demonstration on Nov. 11 to protest the detentions.

The Catalonia problem has despatched shockwaves throughout Europe, energizing areas with their very own secessionist agenda whereas unnerving these preventing to maintain the European Union from fracturing additional.

Belgian Inside Minister Jan Jambon, a member of the Flemish nationalist and separatist social gathering N-VA, criticized Spain’s dealing with of scenario on Sunday, saying Madrid “went too far” in an interview with Belgian broadcaster VTM.

Madrid says the judiciary acts independently of the legislative arm of presidency whereas including that Catalonia leaders acted exterior the rule of legislation when organizing the vote and making the declaration of independence.

A professional-secessionist rally in Barcelona on Sunday attracted only a few hundred folks, a great distance from the lots of of 1000’s to hitch pro-independence marches in October. Lots of these attending waved the regional flag and carried protest indicators.

One protester, Antonia Aguilera, 63, mentioned she was involved the brand new elections wouldn’t be truthful and could be manipulated by the Spanish authorities.

Her issues echo the deep distrust many Catalans have of politicians in Madrid that has deepened because the arrests and after the nationwide police used truncheons and rubber bullets to thwart voting within the unlawful independence referendum on Oct. 1.

“I am disgusted by all of it. We knew they’d react however not as strongly as they did,” she mentioned, including that she believed the pro-independence events would win the December election.

“After which we’ll be again the place we began.”

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek in Brussels, Paul Day in Madrid, and Sam Edwards in Barcelona