Demonstrations against the arrest of the ex-leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont, who was detained in Germany today, are taking place in Spain, reports AFP.
In Barcelona on the streets are thousands of people with Catalan flags. Also the procession of participants to the German consulate is planned here.
At the same time in Girona, several dozen supporters of Catalonia's independence gathered under the representation of the Spanish government and, in protest at the arrest of Puigdemont, removed the flag of Spain and painted the walls of the building with yellow paint. The yellow color of the supporters of independence symbolizes solidarity with the arrested politicians.
As reported, today the German police detained the former head of the government of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont after crossing the border with Denmark.
Puigdemont was detained shortly after noon in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein on the basis of the European arrest warrant issued by Spain. He traveled to Denmark by car and headed for Hamburg, from where he intended to go to Belgium.
Thus, the German criminal code provides for crimes that are incriminated to Puigdemont in Spain, from 10 years of imprisonment to life imprisonment.
According to the lawyer, the German police are now carrying out all the necessary checks within the framework of the European arrest warrant.
Earlier, Carles Puigdemont left the territory of Finland, thus avoiding arrest.
We recall that the Supreme Court of Spain issued a European arrest warrant for the former chairman of the Catalan government and four other politicians who left Spain.
VIDEO: Thousands of people, many waving Catalan separatist flags, demonstrate in Barcelona after German police arrested former president Carles Puigdemont pic.twitter.com/lrxck5vdpW
Note that on October 1 in Catalonia, a referendum on independence was held. According to the results, 90.18% voted for independence with 43% turnout. The Spanish government did not recognize the de facto declaration of independence by Catalonia.
On October 27, the Catalan government voted to declare independence from Spain.
At the same time, the Senate of Spain voted for the introduction of Art. 155 of the Constitution of the country, according to which the self-government in Catalonia is suspended. On the same day, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed the parliament of Catalonia and announced new elections. After the report in the official newspaper of the Spanish government, the power in Catalonia passed to the government in Madrid.
After that, the former head of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont left for Belgium, along with five members of his government. The Belgian authorities said that Puigdemont could be on the territory of the country, like any citizen of a European country. Later, the suspended leader of Catalonia said that he would be in Belgium until the early elections to the Catalan parliament.
VIDEO: Thousands of people, many waving Catalan separatist flags, demonstrate in Barcelona after German police arrested former president Carles Puigdemont pic.twitter.com/lrxck5vdpW— AFP news agency (@AFP) 25 марта 2018 г.