[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

terça-feira, 31 de outubro de 2017

Catalan leader flees to Brussels and prepares for legal battle against Spain

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont and Mayoress of Barcelona, Ada Colau, take part in a protest against police forces in Barcelona on 02 October.
[Alberto Estevez/EPA]

In a surreal turn of events, Puigedmont and five members of his sacked regional government (Govern) travelled to Brussels seeking legal protection, after the Flemish nationalist party’s (N-VA) offer of asylum protection on Saturday.

Catalan crisis sparks controversy inside Belgian government

While hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets on Sunday (29 October) in favour of unity with Spain, the Catalan crisis provoked infighting in the Belgian coalition government after the Flemish nationalists offered asylum to Catalan president Carles Puigdemont.

They travelled by car to Marseille (France), from where they took a flight to Brussels, EFE news agency reported.

The latest episode in the Catalan saga could not only spark a diplomatic row between Belgium and Spain, and its EU partners, but also shake the Belgian coalition government.

Spain’s attorney general, José Manuel Maza, announced yesterday that he would ask for charges against 14 members of Puidgdemont’s administration for being responsible for the declaration of independence in defiance of Spain’s constitution.

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