Spain issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader

Catalonia's ousted president Carles Puigdemont

"It is time for all democrats to join together".

While Puigdemont and his four aides hid in Belgium, nine members of his deposed government complied with a summons to appear in a Madrid court.

A Spanish court has issued a European arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four other regional ministers.

Puigdemont and his allies failed to appear at a high court hearing in Madrid on Thursday.

Puigdemont and former members of his Cabinet fled to Belgium after the Spanish government removed them from office a week ago.

"I told my lawyers to tell the Belgian judiciary I am completely ready to cooperate", Puigdemont said. "For Catalonia, for the freedom of political prisoners and the Republic", he wrote, endorsing calls for pro-secession political parties to unite in a coalition for the forthcoming poll. The announcement added to anger and dismay in a second straight night of demonstrations in the wealthy north-eastern region, with protesters chanting and waving Catalan flags of red and yellow stripes with a white star. Puigdemont has left the door open to running.

The Catalan parliament was dissolved by the Spanish government last week after they officially declared independence from Spain.

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In a tweet, he referred to an online petition calling for the creation of a combined independent candidate list, which by today afternoon had received over 50,000 signatures.

He has said he wanted to stand as the leading candidate for Puigdemont's PdeCat (Catalan Democratic party) in the regional election.

"Elections here can only happen here if we say they do", Rovira said.

"We are studying all possibilities", party spokeswoman Nuria Gibert said.

National court judge Carmen Lamela has filed a request with the Belgian prosecutor to detain the five and also issued separate worldwide search and arrest warrants to alert Europol in case they flee the country.

The 7.5 million people of Catalonia, which until this past week had considerable autonomy, are fiercely proud of their language and culture but are also deeply divided about the push for independence.

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