Spain seeks to extradite Carles Puigdemont as Catalonia braces for general strike

Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president who led the region’s failed bid for independence two years ago, has appeared before judicial authorities in Belgium in response to the reactivation of an international arrest warrant against him earlier this week.

His appearance came as Catalonia braced for a general strike and a huge demonstration in Barcelona following a fourth night of violent protests triggered by the jailing of nine pro-independence leaders by the Spanish supreme court on Monday.

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