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Carles Puigdemont: German court rules arrested ex Catalonian leader must remain in custody

Capture of former regional leader sparked demonstrations in Barcelona attended by tens of thousands

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Demonstrators hold placards showing detained former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, near the prison he is being detained at in Neumuenster, Germany EPA

Catalonia‘s former president must remain in custody in Germanywhile the country’s courts decide whether to extradite him to Spain.

Carles Puigdemont’s arrest on Sunday saw tens of thousands of Catalan demonstrators take to the streets in Barcelona, where some clashed with police.

Fierce confrontations took place outside the central government offices as riot police beat flag-waving protesters with batons, leaving several bloody and injured.

Around 100 people were hurt across the Catalan region, including 23 members of the Mossos d’Escuadra police force, and nine people were arrested, authorities said.

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The Independent

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