Spain seeks arrest of Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont in Belgium

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2019

Spain's Supreme Court sentenced the leaders for sedition over their role in an independence referendum in 2017.

"On 14 October, the SEM [System of Medical Emergencies] realised 131 medical assistance actions", the Catalan Health Department's public health agency said.

Thousands of people, many of them with Catalonian independence flags draped over their backs, protested in the streets of Barcelona against the court decision, which Mr. Torra rejected as "unjust and undemocratic". Reuters footage showed police in full riot gear cordoning off dozens of protesters, some of whom were hooded and wearing masks, at one of the airport's access ways.

Authorities said that three people were arrested and more than 170 others injured, including about 40 police officers, during the clashes well into the early hours of Tuesday between angry protesters and riot police at Barcelona's global airport and elsewhere across the northeastern Spanish region.

The motion has additionally impacted on travellers, with 108 flights to Barcelona cancelled as demonstrators clashed with police on the metropolis's worldwide airport - and naturally resulting in issues about whether or not it's secure to at the moment journey there. They used batons, and residents reported hearing foam rounds being fired.

Puigdemont and other Catalan representatives fleeing justice in Spain demand worldwide institutions end their silence and help create a dialogue between the Spanish government and Catalan pro-independence authorities.

Scottish MEP Sheila Ritchie (from the liberal Renew group) said on Twitter that "the Spanish government has not handled this issue well".

Supporters of an independence movement in the Spanish region of Catalonia have protested a ruling by Spain's Supreme Court to imprison their leaders. Spain's government has expressed hope the trial's end would allow it to move on from the crisis in Catalonia, where support for independence has gained momentum over the past decade.

Not far from the famous Ramblas in the capital of Spain's richest region, Pujol told ABC News that despite not being a separatist militant he just wants to have the right to vote.

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Former FC Barcelona player Xavi Hernández has condemned the prison terms handed down to Catalan separatist leaders by Spain's Supreme Court.

LUCIA BENAVIDES, BYLINE: Hundreds of pro-independence protesters blocked major railroad lines Monday afternoon by throwing trash and piles of wood onto the tracks then setting it on fire.

Spain's caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said the outcome of the four-month trial proved the 2017 secession attempt had become "a shipwreck".

After the ruling, a new arrest warrant was issued for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who is living overseas.

Cuixart was sentenced to nine years.

The protesters were responding to an online campaign by Tsunami Democratic, a loose, leaderless grassroots group that uses encrypted messaging apps to call for peaceful disobedience.

But Catalonia's regional president Quim Torra, a fervent separatist who has encouraged protesters to engage in civil disobedience, has yet to specifically denounce the street violence.

The Spanish constitution says the country can't be divided.

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