After four years in exile Catalan’s ex-president Carles Puigdemont has been arrested in Italy.
He led an independence movement in Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia eventually staging a vote to succeed that the Spanish supreme court deemed illegal. He fled and despite a couple of close calls managed to remain free until now has managed to elude Madrid for years. But his luck may have just run out at an airport on the Italian Island of Sardinia Puigdemont’s lawyer Gonzalo boy confirmed the former Catalan president’s arrest late on Thursday night saying pouch demon was arrested earlier in the afternoon after being stopped by Italian border Police.
Spain accuses Puigdemont of organizing an independence referendum in Catalonia in October of 2021. The referendum declared illegal by Spain’s central government threw the country into its worst constitutional crisis in decades with the result Puigdemont and other Catalan leaders declared independence from madrid. Spain responded by charging him and other leaders with rebellion and sedition fled to Belgium where he ran for election in the 2019 European parliamentary elections.
We could expect really huge protests and this is actually actually in a moment where the spanish government is trying to keep things at ease and at bay so very inconvenient actually for them.