Catalan anger boils over after Germany arrests Puigdemont

Mar 26, 2018, 6:56 AM EDT
Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is wanted in Spain on charges of sedition and rebellion.
(Source: Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya/flickr)

Mass protests swept across the Spanish region of Catalonia on Sunday after German police detained former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont under a European arrest warrant.

Puigdemont, who is wanted in Spain on charges of sedition and rebellion, has been living in self-imposed exile in Brussels after leading Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Spain in October, writes the BBC.

Thousands of protesters flocked to the office of the European Commission in Barcelona, raising slogans such as “no more repression,” notes The Guardian. The demonstration turned violent as the protesters tried to break through police cordons, resulting in clashes that left at least 55 injured.