Catalan separatist protest in Barcelona as ex-chief arrested in Italy


atalan separatists took to the streets of Barcelona on Friday just after their previous leader Carles Puigdemont was arrested by Italian law enforcement in Sardinia.

Hundreds collected outside the house the Italian consulate, some keeping up banners baring the deal with ex-Catalan leader’s encounter.

Mr Puigdemont fled Spain just after a failed secession bid for the northeastern region in 2017. He now lives in Belgium and now holds a seat in the European Parliament, and has been preventing extradition to Spain amid accusations of sedition against him and other Catalan independence leaders.

His law firm, Gonzalo Boye, mentioned Mr Puigdemont was detained on Thursday when he arrived in Sardinia, wherever he was because of to go to an occasion this weekend.

“Mr Puigdemont must submit to the motion of the courts, particularly like any other citizen,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s business office claimed in a assertion.

Spain has accused Mr Puigdemont of sedition, professing he assisted organise a 2017 independence referendum deemed illegal by Spanish courts.

The Catalan chief was detained by Italian border law enforcement at Alghero airport as he arrived on the island of Sardinia on Thursday night.

He was thanks to show up at an Italian court on Friday morning, even though it is unclear no matter if the judge will decide regardless of whether he must be extradited, Italian news wire ANSA described.

“We think that the judicial authorities will release Puigdemont. This is the fourth time this has occurred,” his Mr Boyer advised Cadena Ser radio.

In March, the European Parliament stripped Mr Puigdemont of the immunity he savored as a member given that 2019.