The sacked speaker of Catalonia's parliament left a prison near Madrid on Friday hours after supporters posted her 150,000-euro ($175,000) bail, ending her brief detention over the region's controversial independence drive.
Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont criticized Spain in his first online comment after being released from custody in Belgium, where he’s fighting extradition to Spain for allegedly plotting a rebellion in Catalonia.
Catalonia’s ousted regional president said Tuesday he traveled to Brussels to seek “freedom and safety” after Spain blocked his bid for Catalan independence and sought to bring charges against him that could put him in prison for decades.
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday said he would curb the powers of the parliament of Catalonia, sack its government and call an election within six months in a bid to thwart a drive by the autonomous region to breakaway from Spain.
Thousands of pro-independence Catalan supporters continued to surround Barcelona's police headquarters for the second night on Tuesday, protesting against the police brutality during the Catalan independence referendum.
Spain vowed Monday to stop Catalonia from declaring independence after a banned referendum that saw riot police use batons and rubber bullets, as the country grappled with its deepest crisis in decades.
Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday, confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region.