Catalonia leader Puigdemont arrested in Germany

Catalan Mossos d'Esquadra regional police officers stand amid smoke from a smoke bomb during clashes with pro-independence supporters protesting the detention of fugitive former leader Carles Puigdemont in Germany

In Barcelona on the streets are thousands of people with Catalan flags.

Footage posted on social media shows crowds meeting with police wearing helmets, but the protests appeared to be peaceful.

Thus, the German criminal code provides for crimes that are incriminated to Puigdemont in Spain, from 10 years of imprisonment to life imprisonment.

Protestors are rallying in front of the office of the European Commission in Barcelona and organizers plan to march to the German Consulate.

Puigdemont, 55, is a former journalist and mayor of Girona who was thrust to the forefront of Catalonia's independence push when he was handpicked by predecessor Artur Mas to become regional president in 2016.

Spain had reactivated an global arrest warrant for Puigdemont on Saturday NZT.

Protesters hold a banner while waving pro-independence Catalan Esteleda flags during the demonstration outside the EU Commission offices in Barcelona
Catalonia leader Puigdemont arrested in Germany

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.

Catalan Parliamentary President Roger Torrent pledged to defy the central government in Madrid.

Scottish police said Sunday that the lawyer of Clara Ponsati, a former Catalan regional minister also being sought by Spain, had been in contact and is preparing to be handed over to authorities.

The crackdown on the secession movement provoked protests in Catalonia on Friday night.

Albert Rivera, the president of the pro-Spain Citizens party, celebrated the capture of Carles Puigdemont, who he accused of trying to carry out a "coup".

Puigdemont's detention puts his fate in the hands of German courts, which will have to decide whether to pass him to Spanish authorities to face charges of "rebellion and misuse of public funds".

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Elsa Artadi, a member of the Catalan parliament considered to be in Puigdemont's inner circle, responded to his detention by writing on Twitter: "Spain does not guarantee a fair trial, only revenge and repression".

A Spanish police official told The Associated Press on customary condition of anonymity that Spain's National Center for Intelligence and police agents from its global cooperation division helped German police in the capture of Carles Puigdemont.

Worldwide arrest warrants for Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in October, and five other fugitive Catalan politicians, were activated by the Spanish Supreme Court on Friday amid the recent crackdown on Catalan separatists.

Spain's supreme court announced Friday it would prosecute 13 Catalan separatists for "rebellion" including Puigdemont, for their role in the region's failed bid to break away from Madrid past year.

-By Joseph Wilson in Barcelona.

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National news agency DPA quoting unnamed sources said Puigdemont was driven in a small van with tinted windows to a prison at Neumuenster.

The prospect of Puigdemont's eventual return to face Spanish justice will do nothing to heal the divisions opened up in Catalan society by the independence campaign, said Queralt.

Doepper said that "we are at the very beginning of our assessment".

"We simply had the information that he was supposed to be in Germany or had entered the country", he said. State prosecutors in the northern town of Schleswig are now in charge, but they couldn't be immediately reached for further details.

On Friday, the Spanish Supreme Court asked officials in Finland to extradite him.

A Spanish police official told the AP under customary condition of anonymity that Spain's National Center for Intelligence and police agents from its worldwide cooperation division helped German police to make the arrest. His attorney, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, said Mr Puigdemont had left Finland and was en route to Belgium "where he had meant to put himself, as always, at the disposal of the Belgian justice system". He says Puigdemont is at a police station. They called the Supreme Court judge a "fascist" and wrote the message that he is "not welcome in Das or anywhere".

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