On October 27, the Catalan parliament made a historic decision by proclaiming independence from Spain. Madrid immediately moved to strip the rebellious region of its autonomy and impose direct rule on it.
While the court hearing has already ended, the issue is yet to be resolved.
According to former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, the Spanish authorities over their alleged retreat from democracy as Brussels has already done in its relations with Budapest and Warsaw.
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural groups called for the release of pro-independence officials under arrest. Madrid has charged several Catalan figures with sedition and rebellion, including ousted President Puigdemont who left Spain after the government responded to a declaration of independence by imposing direct rule.
The testimony comes just a day after the Spanish constitutional court has canceled Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is currently in Brussels waiting for the Belgian authorities' decision on his extradition to Spain after an international arrest warrant was issued.
Following the Catalan plebiscite in Spain, the 2018 independence vote in New Caledonia has raised concerns about secessionist movements around the globe. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Dr. Alex Vines, research director of Area Studies and International Law at Chatham House, predicted an increase in the number of independence referenda globally.
Despite the Catalan parliament adopted a resolution on the region’s independence from Spain following a referendum in early October, the people in the autonomous region remain divided over the events that are taking place in their country.
On Monday the former Catalan leader and his former advisers were released from detention in Belgium on condition they stay in the country until the issue of their deportation to Spain is resolved.
After the Catalan government adopted a resolution on the region's independence from Spain, Madrid introduced the direct governance of Catalonia and set the date for regional elections.
Carles Puigdemont has taken a bold step after the interim crisis between the Spanish authorities and the former Catalan leaders in the wake of the recent Catalan independence declaration.
A European arrest warrant has been issued for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four ministers of his cabinet, who fled to Belgium, as Madrid seeks their return for questioning in the Catalan independence push investigation.
The Catalan leader has fled to Belgium after the Spanish authorities sacked him and his administration in the wake of the declaration of Catalonia's independence.
Supporters of Catalonia's sovereignty have gathered near the Barcelona City Council building as dismissed leader Carles Puigdemont has said he is ready to participate in the December snap election announced by Madrid.
The former Catalan leader, who is currently in Belgium, has left Spain after authorities in Madrid dismissed him and his administration and set a date for a snap election in Catalonia over the declaration of the autonomous region's independence.
As the tensions over the controversial referendum in Spain remain high, fears that the vote will trigger a series of similar referendums across Europe seem to be materializing with the French overseas territory of New Caledonia stepping up the idea of holding a plebiscite.
The move comes as the former Catalan leader has failed to appear in court.
While tensions between Catalonia and Spain reached a critical level following the unilateral declaration of independence by the authorities in Barcelona and the subsequent interference of Madrid, Sputnik discussed the issue with Beatriz Hernández, research fellow at the University of Diego Portales in Chile.
Catalonia declared independence on October 27, but four days later no country has recognized the new nation and the Spanish government has suspended the region's autonomy. Sputnik looks at some other territories where "independence" did not quite go as planned.
The Spanish foreign minister's comment comes as Madrid has imposed direct rule over Catalonia after invoking Article 155.
Media reports that the Spanish chief prosecutor is preparing rebellion charges against deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont over his participation in the parliament’s unilateral declaration of independence. Spain’s foreign minister, however, said Puigdemont’s bid for re-election remains "theoretically" possible.
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