Catalan Chief Arrested As Fascist Spanish Authorities Declare Martial Regulation

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and 4 ministers have been arrested by police following Spain’s facist crackdown in Catalonia. 

The deposed chief and 4 ex-ministers have been taken into custody by Belgian police simply days after they fled to Brussels after Madrid’s central authorities imposed martial regulation over the autonomous area. studies: “This morning the 5 folks wished by Spain introduced themselves to police in Brussels. They have been put in custody at 9:17 this morning,” spokesman for Brussels prosecutors Gilles Dejemeppe advised a information convention on Sunday.

“The choose will hear the folks this afternoon. He has till tomorrow morning to resolve.”

These folks shall be detained for a most of 24 hours, till Monday morning, the spokesman stated, including that the politicians are accompanied by their attorneys and interpreters.

Puigdemont appeared in Brussels alongside different members of his cupboard on Monday. That very same day, the Spanish Prosecutor’s Workplace introduced that it had filed a lawsuit towards him, different members of his cupboard, and a few regional MPs on rebel, sedition, and embezzlement expenses with the Spanish Nationwide Court docket.

The ousted chief spoke to the press in Brussels. When requested whether or not he shall be in search of political asylum in Belgium, Puigdemont stated that he didn’t go to Brussels for that cause.

On Friday, a Spanish choose issued a European arrest warrant for Puigdemont, whose request to testify by videoconference was rejected. Later that day, Belgium’s prosecutors confirmed they acquired the arrest warrant for Puigdemont and promised to review it.

Catalonia’s referendum on October 1 noticed the area overwhelmingly (over 90 p.c) voting to interrupt away from Spain. Fewer than 50 p.c of these eligible to vote took half, with pro-independence activists blaming Madrid’s crackdown, together with the blocking of polling stations and confiscation of votes, for the low turnout.

The Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain following a vote on October 27, virtually a month after the referendum. The vote was boycotted by MPs supporting union with Spain.

In response, the Spanish Senate triggered Article 155, stripping the Catalan authorities of energy. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy set snap elections within the area for December 21.