Ex-Catalan president Puigdemont detained in Germany

Police also said that four officers were among those hurt.

Last fall, Spanish courts had sought to extradite Puigdemont from Belgium lbut withdrew their request.

Puigdemont was detained Sunday morning in Germany on an global warrant near the highway leading from Denmark to Germany. Pro-Catalan independence parties won a majority of seats in recent elections but the main separatist leaders and candidates for the presidency are either in prison or self-imposed exile overseas.

"This Europe is shameful!", they chanted outside of the European Commission offices.

Catalan police have blocked the street and issued a call for people not to gather.

On social media, Catalonians likened the detention of Mr Puigdemont to the arrest of leftist Catalan president Lluis Companys by the Gestapo.

Grassroots groups both for and against Catalan secession have called for protests later on Sunday in Barcelona.

The arrest comes two days after Spain's supreme court issued worldwide arrest warrants for 13 Catalan separatists including Puigdemont and his nominated successor Jordi Turull over their role in the region's failed bid for independence.

Puigdemont fled from Spain in October following an illegal declaration of independence by the region.

Five months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia's former president was detained in Germany on an worldwide warrant Sunday by highway police after the ardent separatist crossed the border with Denmark.

"Spain does not guarantee a fair trial; only revenge and repression", she wrote on Twitter.

Catalonia declared independence, but Madrid stepped in dissolving the regional government and Puigdemont fled to Belgium where he has been living with his family for the past five months. Puigdemont will appear before a German judge on Monday.

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Like Puigdemont, other politicians facing charges have left Spain to live in self-exile. Arrest warrants have also been issued for five other Catalan separatists.

-By Joseph Wilson in Barcelona.

Dpa photos showed a van with tinted windows believe to be carrying Puigdemont as it arrived at the prison Sunday afternoon.

Mr Puigdemont is wanted in Spain on charges of rebellion and sedition arising from his role in organising an October referendum on Catalan independence.

The judiciary in Schleswig-Holstein is now examining whether Puigdemont will be placed in extradition.

"All the negative inputs that we have received help us to unite the society even more", Coca said. The Belgian authorities said that Puigdemont could be on the territory of the country, like any citizen of a European country.

Police in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein said highway police detained Puigdemont on Sunday morning near the A7 highway that leads from Denmark into Germany.

Focus magazine reported without citing its sources that German police were tipped off about Puigdemont's movements by Spanish intelligence services who had been tracking him.

The entrance of the building of the Higher Administrative Court in Schleswig, northern Germany, where the decision on a possible application for asylum concerning Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont will be taken.

Police intercepted Puigdemont near the Danish border when he attempted to return to Belgium, according to his lawyer, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas. He says Puigdemont is at a police station.

A Spanish Supreme Court judge reactivated an global warrant for Puigdemont on Friday when he was visiting Finland.


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