25 March 2018

German police arrest President Carles Puigdemont after crossing the Danish border


Puigdemont was returning to Brussels from Finland after visiting the Finnish Parliament and giving a lecture at the University of Helsinki. The arrest comes after the Spanish secret services, which had installed a geolocator in Puigdemont’s car, alerted the German police. The president is transferred to Neumünster prison (Slesvig-Holstein). The next day, Puigdemont appears before the Court of First Instance judge, who decides to keep him in custody and sends the case to Schleswig-Holstein State High Court, which will have to examine and resolve the extradition request. His arrest results in a series of rallies and demonstrations in Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona and roadblocks in various parts of Catalonia, which in many cases end in police raids or confrontations by the Mossos d’Esquadra. These raids result in almost a hundred injuries, especially in the protests in Barcelona. Also in Barcelona, the Mossos d’Esquadra arrest nine people, five of which were released on charges in the evening and the other four were sent to court the following day. In the end, they are released, although they have to report back to court every two weeks. Two of these four are charged with crimes of public disturbance, while the other two are charged with inciting hatred. All four are under investigation for attacking law enforcement officers. Eleven of the demonstrators in Lleida will be brought under investigation for the protest outside the sub-delegation of the Spanish government, one of which is the rapper Pablo Hasél.The Medical Emergency Service reports that it has had to treat 92 patients in Barcelona, nine in Lleida and one in Tarragona.

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