Tension in Barcelona following Puigdemont arrest
Catalans on Monday (March 26) woke to a scenario of heightened political tension after former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was arrested on a European warrant in Germany on Sunday (March 25) sparking protests in Barcelona, Girona, and LLeida.
Puigdemont was detained in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday, five months after entering self-imposed exile from Spain, where he faces charges of sedition, rebellion and embezzlement which could lead to 25 years in prison. Puigdemont had entered Germany from Denmark after on Friday leaving Finland, where he had attended a conference.
A demonstration in Barcelona against his arrest by tens of thousands of Catalans tipped over into clashes on Sunday night.